Ancient Greek Dish with Starburst Decoration


A Greek terracotta dish decorated in redware. The raised central omphalos is painted black, and there is a radiating starburst motif.

Date: Circa 5th - 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fair condition; repaired from two large fragments, fitted with a wire hanger for suspension (easily removed); the outside decoration quite worn and with accretions.


The earliest visual representations of starbursts appear in the sixth century BC. During the Hellenistic Age, starbursts came to be associated with the Macedonian armed forces, although they were a common motif in Hellenistic and Greek art independent of such military connotations.

To discover more about Ancient Greek pottery, please visit our relevant blog post: Collecting Ancient Greek Vases.

Weight 117 g
Dimensions W 12.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain