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@It were Attic potters who first abandoned Protogeometric style and introduced Geometric style, which is dated from 900 to 700 BC. It is generally classified into early (EG, 900-850), middle (MG, 850-760) and late Geometric (LG, 760-700) and each is also subdivided as MG I and MG II, also as LG Ia and Ib. These terms can be used for workshops other than Attic, even though there are slight chronological difference.

The most marked difference from the Protogeometric style is that characteristic concentric circles disappeared and new patterns were introduced. These patterns were gradually developed and filled more surface of vessels. As some scholars believe, some patterns recall those of baskets and it is quite possible that some shapes were taken from them.

After the middle Geometric period figure decoration was introduced into their repertory. They are represented as simple silhouette and profile head and legs are attached to the frontal body seen from a point from which the characteristics of each part can be best observed. As painters more interested in figure decoration, restriction of Geometric style was loosen and they were ready to invent new style.

[1] For Geometric pottery, see, Coldstream, J. N., Greek geometric pottery, (1968); Coldstream, J. N., Geometric Greece, (1977); Schweitzer, B., Greek Geometric Art, (1971)