Fish plate

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 350–330 B.C.
Artist Asteas-Python Workshop

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Paestum

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 101.


Diameter: 25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.); height: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Interior: A bream, a striped bream, a red mullet, and a shrimp swim around the central depression. The fish are tinted with streaky dilute glaze. Added yellow is used for the shrimp and for stripes and dots in the fish; added white is used for fins, tails, gills, bellies, mouths, and other details. Wave-pattern circles the central depression, which is decorated with concentric circles. A band of dots, suggestive of dicing, runs around the top of the outer rim, and the overhanging rim is circled by a laurel wreath. Compare the “Paestanizing” dotted band on the Campanian fish-plate, catalogue no. 88.
Unbroken and in excellent condition.

(text from Vase-Painting in Italy, catalogue entry no. 101)


Dates unknown: according to I. McPhee and A. D. Trendall, Antike Kunst 33, 1990, p. 41, no. 27a: ex Freiburg Market, J. Haering and New York Market, Royal-Athena Galleries; by 1988: Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg Collection; gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, December 30, 1988

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg