chapter  VI
'Where Archaeology Begins, Art Ceases'
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In the previous chapters we have looked at various aspects of Greek vases - their great variety, the history of collecting and the modern study, the shapes and functions of the workaday pieces in the home and outside, their styles of painting, and the subject matter of their images. What I want to do now is to concentrate on some of the particular aspects of the study that are of academic moment at present. First, we shall consider the monetary value of Greek painted pottery and what conclusions we might derive from that. Second, we shall look at the relationship of pottery vessels to those in other, mainly more precious, materials (bronze, silver, gold). Third, we shall see what is happening in the field of attribution. And last, we shall examine what the images meant to those who were their eventual owners, whether deities or humans, living or dead.