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Image of Apulian Fish Plate 36437
2018.1

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

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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.