Fish plate

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 340–330 B.C.
the Flatfish Painter

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 050.


Height: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Interior: a torpedo, a flatfish, a coris, a striped perch, and two scallops. The added-white details on three of the fish - gills, spines in the fins and tails - have nearly worn away; the torpedo never had any added color but has five large black dots on its back. A band of dicing circles the upper rim, and around the over-hanging rim is a laurel wreath. The central depression is decorated with wave-pattern around a circular stripe and central dot. The foot and stem are black.
The Flatfish Painter is named for his propensity to represent varieties of flatfish, like the one on this plate: it may be a turbot or a flounder, but one cannot be certain. The painter is grouped by McPhee and Trendall among others associated with the workshop of the Darius Painter and his followers. The dicing and the wave-pattern around the central depression are characteristic of the painter; compare a plate in the Hirschmann collection (G 59: McPhee and Trendall, “Fish-plates”, p. 42d).
(text from Vase-Painting In Italy, catalogue entry no. 50)


By 1965: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 12, 1965

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund