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fish plate

A type of plate, or flattish disc, with a turned down lip, and a low, sloping central hollow. The foot, on the underside, usually takes a low ring shape.

History: The shape appears in Attic pottery at the end of the fifth century and flourishes in Campanian wares and in the red-figure pottery of Apulia.

Term: The fish plate takes its modern name from the fact that so many are decorated along their upper surface with fish.

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