Apulian Fish Plate

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2020-09-22
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About this model

ARTIST Unknown Artist
TITLE Apulian Fish Plate
CREATION DATE ca. 360 - 350 BCE
DIMENSIONS 1 3/4 x 7 9/16 in. (4.5 x 19.2 cm)
OBJECT TYPE ceramic
MEDIUM AND SUPPORT terracotta
CREDIT LINE Museum Purchase, Adela Wood Smith Trust
COPYRIGHT This artwork may be under copyright. For further information, please consult the Museum’s Copyright Terms and Conditions.
ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.1

The gently sloping floor between the rim and the central depression provides the circular canvas for the detailed illustrations depicting “living” maritime species. This fish plate is decorated with an octopus, a lophius (monkfish), an umbrina cirrosa (shi drum fish), a scallop shell, and two mussels. The fish appear to be swimming in a wine-dark black sea with the body of the lophius bending naturally as if in water. This impression is enhanced by the black waves that surround the depression in which the fish sauce would have been served.

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