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Exekias(ĕksĕk`ēəs), c.555–530 B.C., Greek potter and painter. He worked mainly in the black-figure style. Eleven vases and a series of fifteen plaques have been attributed to him, including an amphora depicting Achilles and Ajax in the midst of a game (Vatican).
Greek potter and vase painter of the third quarter of the sixth century B.C. Exekias was the most outstanding representative of the late black figure style. His works include painted amphorae, for example, Achilles in Battle With Penthesilea and Memnon With a Negro and Hercules Fighting the Nemean Lion (both housed in the Antiquities Collection, Berlin), as well as Ajax With the Body of Achilles (Glyptothek, Munich). He also made kylikes, including the Nike kylix (Louvre, Paris) and Dionysos Crossing the Sea (Glyptothek, Munich).