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CATEGORY: geology
DEFINITION: A chemical element; a dense, lustrous, yellow precious metal with several qualities that have made it exceptionally valuable throughout history. It is attractive in color and brightness, durable to the point of virtual indestructibility, highly malleable, and usually found in nature in a comparatively pure form. It was one of the first metals to be exploited by man. Early working was basically by hammering, to which more complicated techniques like casting, soldering, granulation, and filigree were later added.
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A Greek technique of decorating silver plate with gold foil, especially on cups, phiale, and kantharos. Detail is incised in the gold foil and the decoration is similar to the red-figured technique used particularly on Athenian pottery.
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Denoting a technique used to decorate Greek silver plate with gold foil. Some of the more important examples of the technique, which include cups, a phiale, and a kantharos, have been found at Duvanli and Semibratny with complex figured scenes like chariot races. Detail is incised in the gold foil. It is used particular on Athenian pottery.

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