On the obverse of this amphora is an assembly of gods, including Dionysos and Athena to the left, facing each other, and Hermes and a goddess to the right. Dionysos holds the stem of a kantharos and vine, while Athena is fully armed, holding a circular shield with a bull protome as the blazon. Beside her stands a bull with its head turned back. Hermes walks to the right, but turns his head back, holding his kerykeion; the goddess faces left, gesturing with her right hand raised before her. The reverse features four fully armed hoplites, each carrying a circular shield, that to the left with a club as the blazon and that to the right with a lion protome. Astride them, three dogs look on, one with a bone in its mouth.
The Nikoxenos Painter worked in both the black- and red-figure techniques. His name comes from a kalos inscription on a red-figured amphora of Panathenaic shape now in Mississippi. J.D. Beazley (Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, p. 220) assigned his black-figure work to the Leagros Group, and considered it superior to his red-figure, which he placed in the “coarser wing” of late Archaic vase-painting.