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Wild goat style was introduced to North Ionia at the same time or a little later than to Chios and when South Ionian workshops developed the middle wild goat style II [1]. There are two different styles in North Ionia. One is attributed to Klazomenian workshop, while the province of the other style is still uncertain.

Not so many vases that can be attributed to the middle wild goat style II were produced and most vases have styles should be called late wild goat style. It is different from earlier style in having figures decorated with black figure technique and sometimes Corinthianized animal friezes are painted together with the friezes of wild goat style. In this case, Corinthianized animal friezes occupy the most important part of the vases. Repertory of the shapes is completeley different from that of Corinthain pottery and and not the same as of South Ionian pottery. They produced oinochoai, olpai, amphorae. Dinoi (fig.1) and hemispherical bowls are commoner and plates and bowls are occasionally made.


The distinctive feature of South Ionian style is that they sometimes have black-ground friezes with figures painted with white. Filling ornaments fill much space than on South Ionian vases. Cable, meander and lotus patterns are commonly used, though the representation is rough.

These vases are found from many regions; Aiolis, Ephesos, Sardis, Al Mina, Naukratis, Tocra and Olbia. While they are rarely found from the mainland and west, except for some examples from Aigina.

[1] For North Ionian wild goat style, see, Cook,R.M. East Greek Pottery (1997).