In Caeretan red-ﬁgured pottery, ﬁsh plates produced during the last third of the 4th century B. C. can be found. They are Etruscan imitations of the better-known ﬁsh plates of southern Italian red-ﬁgured vase painters who were active during the second half of the 4th century B. C. It is a type of plate found in Attica, but also in Sicily, Apulia and Campania. The adoption of this shape in Etruria was inﬂuenced by the pottery from Magna Graecia. In Etruscan pottery, this type is rare: so far, only ﬁve Etruscan specimens have been discovered, four made by the Caeretan Fish Plate Painter and one by the Hoﬀmann-Erbrecht Caeretan Painter (similar to Campanian Torpedo and Bremen Painters). Later, a fragment of a red-ﬁgured ﬁsh plate from Tarquinia was attributed by Susanna Businaro to the Caeretan Fish Plate Painter. A torpedo, a cuttleﬁsh, and a pair of identical ﬁsh (sea perch or wrasse) are depicted around the central de-pression (which contained ﬁsh juices, sauce, or both); a pair of breams is depicted only on one ﬁsh plate, the one created by the Hoﬀmann-Erbrecht Caeretan Painter. The adoption of the ﬁsh plate (accompanied by typical food traditions) in the pottery production of Caere is impor-tant. Thisisprobablythe reason whymarinethemes also appear on the Genucilia plates pro-duced in nearby Ager Faliscus. However, it could also be due to the fact that Caere possessed at least three ports. The marine life represented on Etruscan ﬁsh plates reﬂects the variety of sealifefoundintheTyrrhenianSea oﬀ the Etruscan coast.
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