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(Νικοσθένης; Nikosthénēs). Attic potter, black-figured vase painter (?) and workshop owner, c. 545-510 BC. ‘N. epoíēsen’, 'made by N.', is the most common signature in Attic pottery (surviving on 139 black-figured and 10 red-figured vessels). Characteristic of the workshop are the Nicosthenian amphorae (c. 130; pottery), which imitate an Etruscan Bucchero form. They are routinely signed and almost all are produced by the same potter; the decoration is also to a large extent done by one hand, known as Painter N, who is presumably …

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Mommsen, Heide (Stuttgart), “Nicosthenes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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