Paestan Red-Figure Fish Plate, Follower of AsteasCirca Mid-4th Century BC
Description: Wonderfully styled Paestan red-figure fish plate in a style associated with followers of Asteas. The plate is decorated with three fish, a coris, striped perch and a torpedo fish, swimming around a central recess used for garum (fish sauce). The turned-down rim is decorated with a wave pattern. Details are painted in added white.
Diameter: 8 in (20.3 cm)
Condition: Intact and very fine.
Provenance: Formerly in a private German collection acquired from Galerie Puhze, Freiburg, April 2001.
Reference: This fish plate has been published as #46, page 110, in Greek Red-figured Fish Plates (Basel) by I. McPhee and A.D. Trendall. The authors, commenting on fish plates from the workshops of Asteas and Python, are "finest of all the Peastan fish-plates and they find few rivals in either Campanian or Apulian."