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.
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.
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.