Greek Decorative Nike of Samothrace Figurine 12.25" Tall Winged Goddess Legend

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12.25 Inch Marble Painted Cold Cast Resin Nike of Samothrace Statue

                               

Function: Figurine
Material: Premium Coldcast Resin
Colors: White Resin
Size (largest dimension):  HEIGHT: 12.25" LENGTH: 9" WIDTH: 6.25" approx

Description: The item is made of high quality polyresin and hand painted to perfection.


The Nike of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is estimated to have been created around 200–190 BCE.[1] It is 8 feet (2.44 metres) high.[3] It was created to not only honor the goddess, Nike, but to honor a sea battle. It conveys a sense of action and triumph as well as portraying artful flowing drapery through its features.

Modern excavations suggest that the Victory occupied a niche above a theater and also suggest it accompanied an altar that was within view of the ship monument of Demetrius I Poliorcetes (337–283 BCE). Rendered in grey and white Thasian and Parian marble, the figure originally formed part of the Samothrace temple complex dedicated to the Great gods, Megaloi Theoi. It stood on a rostral pedestal of gray marble from Lartosrepresenting the prow of a ship (most likely a trihemiolia), and represents the goddess as she descends from the skies to the triumphant fleet. Before she lost her arms, which have never been recovered, Nike's right arm is believed to have been raised,[4] cupped round her mouth to deliver the shout of Victory.[5] The work is notable for its convincing rendering of a pose where violent motion and sudden stillness meet, for its graceful balance and for the rendering of the figure's draped garments, compellingly depicted as if rippling in a strong sea breeze. Similar traits can be seen in the Laocoön group which is a reworked copy of a lost original that was likely close both in time and place of origin to Nike, but while Laocoon, vastly admired by Renaissance and classicist artists, has come to be seen[by whom?] as a more self-conscious and contrived work, Nike of Samothrace is seen as an iconic depiction of triumphant spirit and of the divine momentarily coming face to face with man. It is possible, however, that the power of the work is enhanced by the very fact that the head is missing.


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