What Is the Difference Between Red and Black Figure Pottery?

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Red figure pottery consists of red images against a black background, while black figure pottery consists of black pictures against the naturally red color of the vase. The two ancient Greek pottery techniques utilize a similar approach as far as creating the vase and bringing out the desired figures during firing. Red figure pottery was the newer and easier technique of the two, and gradually replaced black figure.

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