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Red-Figure Apulian Plate

circa 340 BCE-320 BCE
4th century BCE
4.6 cm x 22.7 cm (1 13/16 in. x 8 15/16 in.)

Attributed to the Workshop of the Darius Painter (Greece, circa 300 B.C. – ) Primary

Object Type: ceramic
Artist Nationality: Europe, Greek-South Italian (Apulia)
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund and the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Foundation, 1980
            
               Accession Number:                1980.62             
            
Object Description: Octopus, flatfish, squid, and shellfish, native to this part of the Mediterranean, decorate this plate. The depression in the center may have been meant to hold sauce or juices from cooked fish. Fish was an important part of upper class dining in this period, as can be seen in the work of the contemporary Sicilian writer Archestratus, who celebrated the pleasures of seafood.

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