The vases of the early Geometric style, also called Proto-Geometric style, (110-900) are decorated sparsely, it is very simple, symmetrical, horizontal lines and waves are used, as are half-circles and circles, the decoration follows the form of the vase.
From 900-700 BC the Geometrical style of the vases is influenced by straight lines; horizontal as well as vertical; borders of abstract, geometrical patterns, maenad-edging (Maenads are mythical figures), zigzag patterns, circles. The decor follows the form of the vase. The whole surface of the vase is decorated, this fear of emptiness is called horror-vacui.
From the 8th Century BC stylized animals and people in silhouette are used. They are painted with the widely used Egyptian principal: with the head and legs seen from the side and the body from the front.