The Vase and Minor Objects Collection

permanent exhibition

in short

The museum's Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which covers the evolution of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period, is one of the richest in the world.
The Dipylon amphora
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National Archaeological Museum, Athens
44 Patission St.,
10682 Athens

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in detail

The quantity and quality of the Geometric, early Black-Figure and fourth-century Red-Figure vases is unparalleled. The collection comprises mainly Attic vases, but also representative examples from provincial workshops, which influenced or were influenced by Attic pottery. The display also includes terracotta figurines and sarcophagoi, which were manufactured and decorated like the pottery.

The display, which occupies eight rooms on the museum's first floor (Rooms 49-56), illustrates the chronological evolution of manufacturing techniques and painted decoration. This journey through time is spotted with subject units, such as the finds from important sanctuaries (Room 52), funerary customs (Room 53), and women and children in antiquity (Rooms 55 and 56). The most important exhibits stand on their own in separate cases. Explanatory texts and relevant documentation complete the display.

The display ends with an area of approximately 50 square metres, which will be used to present minor subject units independent of vase workshops and chronology. These units will change periodically or be enriched with new material from the museum's reserves.
7/ 3 EUR/ under 18y free
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history, archaeology, ancient worlds, technics, text, roman, Greek, pottery, terracotta, vases, greece, roman period, workshops, sarcophagoi

Opening Times

08:00 - 15:00
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