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This article presents new information about some recently discovered Athenian vase inscriptions that were incised before firing and later covered over with black glaze, together with a few other inscriptions previously known but never explained. These vase inscriptions were originally not meant to be seen but are visible today owing to recently developed technological capabilities. It is suggested that they might have been written by the potters, not the vase painters, and it is possible to interpret them as interactions and communications between these craftsmen.

Hidden Inscriptions on Athenian Vases

By Mario Iozzo

American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 122, No. 3 (July 2018), pp. 397–410

DOI: 10.3764/aja.122.3.0397

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