African Motifs in Greek Vase Painting

Pages 7–16
DOI 10.1515/anpm-2017-0017
Keywords Greek vase painting, Africa, Egypt, Nubia, Aethiopians, Pygmies, African animals
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation HONZL, Jiří. African Motifs in Greek Vase Painting. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2017, 38(1), 7–16. DOI: ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from:
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2017/38/1

In the beginning the paper concisely summarises contacts of Greeks with Egypt, focusing on their interests on the North African coast, up until the Classical Period. The brief description of Greek literary reception of Egypt during the same timeframe is following. The main part of the paper is dedicated to various African (and supposedly African) motifs depicted in Greek vase painting. These are commented upon and put in the relevant context. In the end the individual findings are summarised and confronted with the literary image described above.

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