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The girl and the sea

Thousands of years old, mysterious depictions of sea creatures –
Florence Gottet collection
22nd October 2016 - 2nd April 2017

This special exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel is dedicated to so-called fish plates. The name is derived from their characteristic markings; yet it is not known how they would have been referred to in ancient times. The 60 or so dishes on display were created around 350/325 B.C., mainly in Campania, Apulia, Paestum and Athens. They were homage to life and earthly pleasures and gave expression to the hope of a happy afterlife. Fish and the sea were symbols of life, as they still are today – the ocean is effectively the source of all life.