Bronze figure of Nike, goddess of victory


British Museum

British Museum

Nike is shown here running forwards. Her right foot is placed delicately on a rising scroll, which is probably part of a plinth attached to a large bronze vessel. The figure may have been part of a series that ran around the rim of a large krater or bowl. The goddess' intricately worked feathery wings are outstretched in a wide arc, enhancing her swift movement. As she runs, her long tresses sweep backwards across her chin and over her left shoulder. Her left hand pulls gently at the folds of her garment while her right is fully extended. She holds an object, which has not been identified.

The south Italian Greeks were skilled bronze workers and although very few large-scale bronze figures survive from this region, there are many small-scale figures. These were cast either as individual statuettes or as supports for mirrors or decorative elements on vessels.

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  • Title: Bronze figure of Nike, goddess of victory
  • Date Created: 1/399
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 5.90cm; Diameter: 17.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: blown
  • Registration number: 1877,0812.2
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Cyzicus
  • Period/culture: Roman
  • Material: glass
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Calvert, Frank. Purchased through Sotheby's. Purchased through Rollin & Feuardent