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Human figures were less common, and typically portrayed in silhouette.Corinthian pottery had a marked influence on Athens, although the latter's version of the oriental idiom (known as proto-Attic) retained the typical scenes of the Geometrical Period and favoured line-drawings rather than silhouettes. Typically a uniform grey colour, Minyan ware was the first type of Greek pottery made on a potter's wheel, and was therefore quicker and cheaper to produce. Following the conquest of the Greek mainland by Indo-European Greeks around 2100 BC, a new form of pottery was introduced there, called Minyan Ware.
In the islands, the handmade pottery tradition continued with rectilinear designs in lilac or black on a white surface.
To depict the details of (eg.) the figures, incised lines were made or coloured in with white or purple.
Favourite themes for black-figure pictorial imagery included: the Labours of Hercules, and the revels of Dionysus.
Meanwhile, in the Cyclades (southern Greek islands) new forms of pottery included Sesklo ware, which incorporated geometric decoration with incised spirals and maritime motifs.
From around 3,000 BCE, Aegean art in the Peloponnese and eastern Mediterranean took over from Thessaly as the leading centre of pottery, as shapes and styles began to be strongly influenced by the parallel art of metalworking.