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variants or black-figured
: of, belonging to, or constituting a style of ceramic painting practiced by or in imitation of Greeks of the 6th century b.c. in which the decoration is in black with occasional added details in white slip on the red body clay of the vessel and in which the subjects are usually drawn from mythology, athletic events, or the hunt in an archaic and stiff style
a black-figure vase
black-figure ware
compare polychrome, red-figure


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: black-figure ware

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