Fish plate

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 340–320 B.C.
Painter the Black and White Stripe Painter

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 065.


Height: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.); diameter: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Interior: Cuttlefish, striped fish (probably a bream), mullet, and a horn shell. Added brown and white have been used for many details, and the bodies of the fish are tinted with brown, dilute wash. The central depression has a rosette; the framed wave-pattern around it is repeated on the overhanging rim, a common feature on fish-plates by this painter.

The Black and White Stripe Painter, named for the vertical stripes like those along the back of the bream on this plate, was associated with the Canosan workshop of the Baltimore Painter. His work exhibits features in common with the Arpi Painter and the Hippocamp Painter, the latter a specialist in fish-plates.

(text from Vase-Painting in Italy, catalgue entry no. 65)


By the early 1960s: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art Bulletin XVI, no. 102); by 1965: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; loaned to MFA by Mr. & Mrs. Vermeule, November 12, 1965 (loan no. 217.65); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, December 18, 1986

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule