Storage jar (Amphora)
Unknown artist, Greek, Attica
Storage jar (Amphora), late 6th century BCE
Height: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 23.303
The potter/painter Nikosthenes is a well-known artist among ancient Greek ceramists because he habitually signed his vessels. Almost 150 vessels are attributed to him, more than for any other ancient Greek potter or painter. About fifty additional unsigned works are credited to him. His signature states baldly,”Nikosthenes made [this]”. Simple decorative patterns cover the vase. On either side of the shoulder of this black-figure storage jar (amphora) are identical scenes depicting two men on horseback with six men on foot. The motifs are rather conventional, but the vessel’s shape, named for the potter (a Nikosthenic amphora), is innovative in that it exhibits elements derived from metal vases, such as the thin handles and the raised bands on the body.