2Plutarch on Sparta“…..Thus gradually cut off from the things that animate and feed it, luxury atrophied of its own accord…….As a result their craftmenship of everyday essential items of furniture like beds and chairs and tables was first rate, and the Laconian kothon or drinking cup, according to Critias, is especially valued for use on campaigns. Visibly off putting elements in water which had to be drunk were concealed by its colour, while the dirt in the liquid was trapped by the lip, so that when it reached the mouth for drinking was cleaner”.
3Laconian drinking cups Laconian drinking cups were famous. The edge contained a lip which prevented any wine solids from reaching the mouth.Laconian cups reveal, interest in banquets, festivals, ritual, horseriding and huntingMany scenes are painted by a figure who has been named the Hunt PainterThe distinctive black figure pottery was the product of only two identified workshops, most of whose output was exportedMuch of the evidence of art comes from the shrine of Artemis Orthia
16The blinding of Polyphemos by Odysseus and companians- 550BC
17The Titans Atlas and Prometheus punished by Zeus 550BC
18Fragment of a Pythos found at Sparta – 6th century
19Spartan Sculptors in bronze, terracotta and ivory. Significant archaeology suggests scupltors were active both at home and at Olympia and Delphi during the 6th centuryAt least 9 scupltors were knownSpartan bronze products were of such high quality that they were viewed as valuable diplomatic giftsSpartan bronzes generally depicted women, hoplites or particular heroes such as Leonidas
24Ivory and Bone Carvings. The use of ivory and bone, seem to dissappear after the 6th centuryMany examples have been found at the site of Artemis Orthia.Carvings generally are either, plaques carved in relief, obnjects of personel adornment, such as broaches, combs or mirrors or figures of Orthia
25Plaques carved in relief in ivory. Soldiers leaving for battle