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Fish Plate

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This Fish Plate is decorated with three large fish and a smaller fish plus shellfish. The inclusion of smaller sea creatures between the larger fish is characteristic of Apulian fish plates, creating a highly decorative effect. The plate was used for serving fish and the central depressed area collected juices from the fish and perhaps contained a sauce. The plate could also have be used as a funerary offering.

This Fish Plate is attributed to the Perrone Painter or the Phrixos Painter, who were the Darius Painter’s most important stylistic successors. Darius Painter was an Apulian vase painter and the eminent representative of the ” Ornate Style ” in South Italian red-figure vase painting. His works were produced between 340 and 320 BC.

Apulia is one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy. It was first colonized by Mycenaean Greeks. Apulia today is a region of Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast.

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                   Figurine of a Dancer
  • Provenance:        Apulia
  • Date:                     4th century BC
  • Type:                     Apulian Pottery – Red-Figure Ware
  • Dimensions:         H: 60mm; D: 223mm
  • Material:               Terracotta
  • Museum:               RD Milns Antiquities Museum

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons