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Attic Red-Figure Proto Fish Plate with Woman's Head

425 BCE - 400 BCE

1 1/16 x 6 15/16 x 6 3/4 in. (2.7 x 17.6 x 17.1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2250
Geography: Europe, Greece, Attica
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates
Culture/Nationality: Attic
Findspot: Athens

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  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • Classical - Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
  • fish plates - Plates of a special form used by the ancient Greeks, having a central depression and sometimes a turned-down rim, used for serving fish. The central depression was used to collect the juice or sauce in which the fish was served. Such fish plates may be made of stone, ceramic, or another material. They may be decorated with highly accurate representations of fish and other marine life. They were popular in Greece and its colonies in South Italy from the 4th century BCE. Athenian painters always oriented the bellies of the fish toward the rim of the plate while southern Italian painters positioned them with the bellies towards the center. Some fish plates have depictions of seafood arranged around a central dip for sauce. Androkydes of Kyzikos was one of the few fish plate painters to sign his work.
  • plates - Shallow, usually circular dishes from which food is eaten.
  • portraits - Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness, usually including the face of the person. For representations intended to be anonymous, or of fictional or mythological characters, see "figures (representations)."
  • Red-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Black-figure style. It appeared in Athens around 530 BCE and spread to other areas of Greece, southern Italy, Etruria, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean area, until it disappeared in the third century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which involves the use of refined slip and a two-phase firing process to create a black ground through sintering, with figures reserved in red. The details of the figures are more fluid than in the Black-figure style, and are typically drawn with a brush, using both a defined, black relief line and a more dilute line that varies in color from dark gold to black.
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.

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  • Owner Name: Patricia Neils Boulter, Class of 1948, PhD 1953, in memory of Freida M. Neils
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Purchased at Auction
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership Start Date: 1956
    Ownership End Date: 1975

  • Owner Name: Munzen und Medaillen
    Role: Auction
    Place: Basel, Switzerland
    Disposal Method: Auction Sale
    Ownership End Date: 1956

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters Clarendon Press. Oxford, United Kingdom, 1963
    Page Number: 1311
  • J. D. Beazley, Paralipomena Clarendon Press. Oxford, United Kingdom, 1971
    Page Number: 476
  • Brian A Sparkes and Lucy Talcott. Black and Plain Pottery of the 6th, 5th, and 4th centuries B.C. American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Princeton, NJ, 1970
    Page Number: 143, Figure Number: 6
  • Auction Sale at Basle (Switzerland), in the Premises of Münzen und Medaillen A G, Malzgasse 25 Münzen und Medaillen A.G.. Basel, Switzerland, June 30, 1956
    Page Number: 41, Figure Number: Plate 35, number 147
  • Ian McPhee and Arthur Dale Trendall. Greek Red-Figured Fish-Plates Vereinigung der Freunde antiker Kunst. Basel, Switzerland, 1987
    Page Number: 28, D.2, Figure Number: Plate 2, Attic, f.
  • The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, Figure Number: 216936.

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