After the Persian conquest of Athens around the fifth century BC, Greek art was very much influenced by oriental artistic patterns. As a result of that influence, human-animal hybrid creatures appeared on Greek vases. Pictures of living creatures and scenes of war and battles are in fact the influence of Mesopotamian and Egyptian art on Greek art.
Amphorae are common works of art from that period. An amphora is a large pot with two handles made in ancient Greece to store oil, grains, etc. The motifs of these dishes mostly introduced myths and narrated stories.
In creating the patterns on these vessels, two styles of black figure pottery and red figure pottery were used. In the black figure style, figures and ornaments were painted on the body of the vessel using shapes and colors reminiscent of silhouettes. Around 530 BC, the red-figure style of pottery painting was invented. In contrast to the preceding black-figure style, it was based on the figural depictions in red colour on a black background. In this new style, the shiny copper red on the velvet black background left such a great impression on the viewer since the piece of work was very beautiful and delicate.
The amphora on display at the World Art Museum dates back to the first half of the 1st millennium BC and was made through the red-figure vase painting style.