It may be assigned to the first half of the sixth century, and probably to somewhere near the beginning of that period. It is an early specimen of the class of black-figured vases, as they are called. The propriety of the name is obvious from the illustration. The objects represented were painted in black varnish upon the reddish clay, and the vase was then fired.
In this style incised lines ceased to be used, and details were rendered chiefly by means of the black varnish or, for certain purposes, of the same material diluted till it became of a reddish hue. The red-figured and black-figured styles coexisted for perhaps half a century, but the new style ultimately drove the old one out of the market.
On the whole, Clitias shows rather more skill than a contemporary sculptor, probably because of the two arts that of the vase- painter had been the longer cultivated. The black-figured ware continued to be produced in Attica through the sixth century and on into the fifth. The subject is Achilles slaying in battle the Amazon queen, Penthesilea.
Even if the Mycenaeans did not evolve the corslet, there is no reason why, in the Homeric times, it should not have been evolved. For linen corslets, such as Homer mentions, in actual use and represented in works of art we consult Mr. Leaf on The Armour of Homeric Heroes. He finds Memnon in a white corslet, on a black-figured vase in the British Museum. Mr.
"Very true, for a period of time," said Miss Parrott throwing her black-figured lace veil, worn by her mother before her, away from her face. "Well, now, Pastor, it is not appropriate for you to do this work, with your hands already overburdened. Neither should you bear the expense " "But I don't," cried Parson Henderson, guilty now of interrupting. "Mr.