Post by Anuja Khandelwal, MA Graphic Design student. 

On my visit to London in January 2018, I visited The British Museum. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

I began my tour by exploring Ancient Greek artefacts and was left spellbound by the exquisite terracotta handcrafts. These novel product designs spoke volumes of the finesse of those ancient times.

The wide variety of terracotta vases, flasks, masks, drinking cups, bottles were mainly made in Corinth in the eighth and seventh centuries BC. These figurines abound and provide an invaluable testimony to the everyday life and religion of the ancient Greeks.

The decorations on the figurines range from rows of parallel and wavy lines, chevrons and herons to the most meticulous miniaturist style in which intricate floral designs entwine real and fantastic animals, gods and heroes.