Red-figure Pottery is a style of Greek vase painting invented in Athens c. 530 BCE. The style has drawn red figures and a painted black background. Red-Figure Pottery grew in popularity, and by the early 5th century BCE it had all but replaced...
Battle of Red Cliffs
The Battle of Red Cliffs (also known as the Battle of Chibi, 208 CE) was the pivotal engagement between the forces of Northern China led by the warlord Cao Cao (l. 155-220 CE) and the allied defenders of the south under the command of Liu...
Amenhotep-user & Ta-net-wadj
Seated statue of Amenhotep-user (the doorkeeper of Amun) and his wife, Ta-net-wadj. Their daughter and son are depicted on the lower part, flanking them. Quartzite. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep II, 1428-1397 BCE. From Thebes...
Firing Athenian black and red figure vases
A distinctive red and black colour scheme characterises most of the painted pottery of sixth- and fifth-century Athens. The colours result from the skilful exploitation of the high iron content of Athenian clay by an ingenious process of...
Making and decorating Athenian black- and red-figure vases
The first stage in making a pot is to dig the clay out of the ground. Pieces of grit or plant matter must be removed before the clay can be used. This was done in ancient times, as it is today, by mixing the clay with water and letting the...
The Red Handprints of Cozumel & Tulum
The Maya sites of San Gervasio (on the island of Cozumel) and Tulum (on the mainland of Mexico in Quintana Roo) are often overlooked for the better-known Chichen Itza or other spectacular ruins further inland but both these locations have...
Cochineal is a brilliant red dye extracted from the crushed bodies of parasitic insects which prey on cacti in the warmer parts of the Americas. The dye was an important part of trade in ancient Mesoamerica and South America and throughout...
Red-Figure Toilette Scene
A red-figure kylix depicting two women in an intimate setting. The kneeling woman may be grooming the other woman or anointing her with oil or perfume. It has been suggested that the kylix may depict two women preparing themselves in the...
Erik the Red Statue, Greenland
A modern statue of Erik the Red (c. 950-c. 1003 CE) in Greenland, the land where he is credited with forming the first settlement.
Attic Red-Figure Dinos
An Attic red-figure dinos bowl decorated with scenes of Theseus fighting the Amazon Andromache, 440-430 BCE. Dinoi were used for mixing wine with water. (The British Museum, London).