Statuette of the goddess of victory Nike of Samothrace
This Greek sculpture represents the goddess of victory Nike. Today it is in the Louvre in Paris. This extremely beautiful and moving statue was created in 190 BC. Probably by a sculptor from Rhodes, who unfortunately is not mentioned by name. Its original location was a sanctuary of the Kabirs on the island of Samothrace .
With its 2.45m in the original, this sculpture is an extremely imposing appearance.
In the original, Nike, the goddess of victory, lands on the prow of a warship with her wings stretched wide.
The snapshot of this landing is made clear by the position of her feet. Thus, the right foot just touches the ship's planks, with the left still hovering in the air. With her head (which is no longer present) tilted towards her left shoulder, she thus appears to be facing the viewer.
Her two arms are also missing from the depiction. Nevertheless, we know that she was holding a victory armband in her right hand, which was stretched forward, and that her left arm was swinging backward in a swinging manner to compensate. Her typically Greek fine undergarment is belted under her breast, and the swooping cloak illustrates the fierceness of her movement in the way it wraps around her legs.
It is not very often that one sees sculptures in which such an extremely vivid impression of movement is depicted in conjunction with air.
Thus, this very movement reveals only a few parts of the body through the depicted jumbled robe folds.
- very filigree replica
- 35cm high
- material : alabaster plaster
- slightly shimmering surface
You get with this replica of the stauette of Nike of Samothrace a very high quality, scaled-down version of the original from the Louvre. With this sculpture they can revive in their home a little Greek antiquity.
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