black figure

black-figure

[blak-fig-yer]
adjective
pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Greece in the 7th and 6th centuries b.c., chiefly characterized by silhouetted figures painted in black slip on a red clay body, details incised into the design, and a two-dimensional structure of form and space.
Also, blackfigured.
Compare red-figure.


Origin:
1890–95

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