Fish Plate

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.


350/325 BC


Attributed to the Hippocamp Group
Greek; Canosa, Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

Decorated tableware enlivened festive meals. Red-figure fish plates were used, as their decoration suggests, for serving seafood, a staple of the Mediterranean diet. Tasty juices pooled in the trough at center, which may also have contained sauces. Ancient vase painters so accurately captured the shapes and markings of the fish they depicted that it is possible to identify most of them by species. The inside of this plate shows three striped bream (distinguished by the vertical rows of white dots between the black stripes). The central depression is decorated with a wave pattern encircling a rosette.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Fish Plate


Canosa di Puglia


350 BC–325 BC


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


5 × 21.5 × 21.5 cm (2 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Emily Dickinson Sae Jin Vermeule

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