Greek Art circa 750-650 BCE ... Max Dashu
(the "Geometric Period," that is, the roots of classical Greece)

line of women dancing

Women dancing on Boiotian pot, circa 640 BCE. Note the locked hair and the serpents rising up between the dancers.

women with African profiles dancing in line

More dancing women, again with profiles in the African style. They are holding plant sprigs in their clasped hands. Ten women dance around the vessel. Attica, circa 750 BCE.


women dancing with plant sprigs

These dancers with branchlets from Tiryns are older, dating to the Mycenean period. The water patterns may indicate that this was a rain-bringing ceremony.


women dancing painted on the skirt of a goddess

Another example of women in the Libyan style, with locks. Their invocatory gesture indicates a ceremony, again appearing to call down waters from the heavens to fructify the earth.


women in gestures of mourning in abstract style

This time the ritual gestures appear to be those of mourners, a common motif in this art, in keeping with the military themes of many vessels. Serpent panels also often appear on these amphorae which were placed at graves in memorial of the dead.


women and snakes intertwined on pot

Another example of a snake pot, this time in sculptured form, in the Proto-Attic style. Athens, circa 650 BCE. A black panther is painted behind the woman in the center of the picture.

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