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The nestoride is a vessel type of native southern Italian origin. The name "nestoride" was devised by 19th-century scholars attempting to identify a vase with the cup of nestor. Nestorides are a continuation of a previous vessel type known as the trozzella which was named after the disks attached to the vessel's horizontal handles. The nestoride is a distinct form because of its tall side handles. Images of nestorides on southern Italian red-figure vases suggest that nestorides were used primarily as storage vessels like stamnoi or amphorae but there were also smaller nestorides that were similar in function to kantharoi in that they served as drinking vessels. Nestorides were most commonly made in Lucania and Apulia.




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