Fish plate

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 340–320 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 051.


Overall: 5 x 19.8 cm (1 15/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


Europe, The Ancient World



Interior: two striped fish with spiny back fins and an octopus around central depression. Details in added yellowish-white. Standing wave pattern decorates the overhang. Glaze on most of underside, rim of foot and inside foot. Broken and repaired.


By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (presumably from Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia, Pa); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, November 30, 1970 (loan number 282.1970); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule