Egyptian Nile Silt Black Slip Fish Plate FragmentPtolemaic
3rd century BCE - early 1st century BCE
1.319 x 0.406 x 0.941 in. (3.35 x 1.03 x 2.39 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2017.10.243
Other Number(s): I-D1.08 (Excavation No.)
Geography: Africa, Egypt
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates; Fish Plates
Collection: Naukratis Project 1977-1983
Findspot: Kom Geif-Naukratis, Egypt. 30° 53' 49.7" N, 30° 35' 27.1"E. Context: I.D1 Date: 12/28/1977
This object has the following keywords:
- ceramic - Refers to any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
- 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.
- pottery - Generally, all ware made of ceramic, which is any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature. In specialized usage, it typically does not include porcelain, which is a type of ceramic ware made of a refractory white clay, or "kaolin," and a feldspathic rock, that react when fired so the clay serves to hold the shape of the object and the rock fuses into a natural glass.
- sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
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