Red-Figure Fish Plate: Octopi, Mullet, Bream, Shellfish

Red-Figure Fish Plate: Octopi, Mullet, Bream, Shellfish

c. 340-330 BC

attributed to Asteas/Python Workshop

(South Italian, Paestan, active c. 360-320 BC)

Ceramic

Diameter: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.); Overall: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.); Diameter of foot: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.50

Location

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Perfect for serving seafood, this plate features images of sea creatures and a central well for dipping or collecting juices.

Description

Although first developed in Athens, red-figure fish plates became especially popular in South Italy and Sicily in the 400s BC. All feature a short foot and a small central depression, but those produced in the workshop of Asteas and Python, like this one, are the largest and most ornate. Archaeologists have studied closely the fish and other sea creatures represented, identifying many of them with species still found (and eaten) in the Mediterranean.

See also
Collection: 
GR - South Italy
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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