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Nicosthenes (gr. Nikosthenes) was a potter in Athens who worked in the period 545 to 510 BC. The signature Nicosthenes epoíesen – "Nicosthenes made it" is one of the most often found pottery inscriptions. At least 139 black-figure and 10 red figure vases were found.

Interesting are the Nicosthenes Amphoras of the Etruscan Bucchero Form. Around 130 examples are known. It is not known whether Nicosthenes was also a painter.

Nicosthenes worked with different painters such als Lydus, Oltos, Epictetus and the Nicosthenes painter. All these painters worked also for Pampaius, who was younger than Nicosthenes and who used different pottery forms that Nicosthenes introduced.

Nicosthenes Amphorae were mainly exported to Cerveteri and the rest to Vulci. Nicosthenes was innovative looking to learn from potters outside Attica, he used new techniques in painting such as the Six method

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