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Terracotta plate

Period:
Sub-geometric
Date:
ca.680–670 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan, Subgeometric, probably Caeretan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); diameter 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Eric Efstathiou, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.457
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Exterior: six herons
Interior: wide concentric circles

This plate belongs to a large group called the Heron Class because of its most common subject. The precise function of these plates is unknown, but they appear frequently in tombs at Cerveteri (ancient Caere) and ultimately may derive, in both shape and decoration, from eighth century B.C. Phoenician prototypes.
Folio Fine Art. 1970. Catalogue., 75: no. 724, p. 22.

Sotheby's, New York. 1999. Antiquities and Islamic Works of Art. June 5, 1999. lot 245, p. 173.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.89, pp. 110, 113, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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