Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Red-Figure Fish Plate: Octopi, Mullet, Bream, Shellfish

Red-Figure Fish Plate: Octopi, Mullet, Bream, Shellfish

c. 340–330 BC

attributed to Asteas/Python Workshop

(South Italian, Paestan, active c. 360–320 BC)


Diameter: 38.3 cm (15 1/16 in.); Overall: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.); Diameter of foot: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.50


Did you know?

Perfect for serving seafood, this plate features images of sea creatures and a central well for dipping or collecting juices.


Although first developed in Athens, red-figure fish plates became especially popular in South Italy and Sicily in the 300s BC. All feature a short foot and a small central depression, but those produced in the workshop of Asteas and Python, like this one, are the largest and most ornate. Archaeologists have closely studied the fish and other sea creatures represented, identifying many of them with species still found (and eaten) in the Mediterranean; included here are octopi, mullet, bream, and various shellfish.

See also
GR - South Italy
Greek and Roman Art
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