Fragmentary Platter with Fish and Rosettes, Terracotta decorated with red, white and dark brown slip, Coptic

Fragmentary Platter with Fish and Rosettes

Date:
500–700, modern restoration
Geography:
Made in Thebes, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Terracotta decorated with red, white and dark brown slip
Dimensions:
Overall: 20 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (51.8 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1914
Accession Number:
14.6.222
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
This platter with its lively fish was found in the ruins of a hermit’s solitary retreat near the Monastery of Epiphanius. Such painted wares were an innovative Egyptian variation on the more elaborate redware with stamped designs that was made farther west in North Africa.
Excavated by Theodore M. Davis, 1912–13 and acquired in the division of finds. Donated to the Museum by Davis, 1914.; Theodore M. Davis, New York (until 1914)