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Rebekah Krieger

Ancient Pottery Technique Question...

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I will have to start out by apologizing that i have not taken any art history classes but I am sure someone who did might be able to answer this question.  I recall when I visited the museum I saw many intricate ancient pieces with black background and pixilated white dots. The white dots were sometimes formed their own design, and other times they were just used to fill in a form.  

 

Does somebody know what this technique is called and what period / origin is? 

 

Just curious because I am inspired by ancient design. 

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Pres    896

You may be talking about aboriginal dot painting. A movement occured in the 70's where Australian aboriginals were using dot patterns in paintings based on spiritual ceremonies in their culture. You can google it and find lots of references.

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It looks similar to that but the pieces that I saw at the museum were Much much older (ancient) and they were on pottery.  I tried googling stippling on pottery and came up with nothing. I think I am just going to have to go to the milwaukee public museum and find those pieces again to write down/look up. 

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