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


Probably by the Heligoland Painter
Greek; Campania, Italy

About this artwork

This footed plate was made to serve succulent morsels of grilled seafood, like the fish, mollusks, and other creatures that are painted on their surfaces. Greece and Italy are peninsulas projecting into seas brimming with marine life. A primary source of protein, seafood was a basic staple of the ancient Mediterranean diet; it remains so today. 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. In this example three striped bream, each slightly different, appear to swim after one another.
This playful style of terra-cotta vase was produced during the 4th century BC. At the center of the plate is a trough that could have functioned to collect juices or serve sauces.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Fish Plate




350 BC–325 BC


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


4.9 × 24.6 × 24.6 cm (1 15/16 × 9 5/8 × 9 5/8 in.)

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Gift of Yun Soo Lim Vermeule

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