Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Statue of Nike
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis (found in 1886 SW of the Erechthteion)
Summary: Nike torso and legs
Object Function: Victory?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue?
Category: Separated fragments
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Date: ca. 490 BC
Dimensions: H. 1.40 m
Scale: Under life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Late Archaic
In Whole: Nike of Kallimachos

Subject Description: This Nike runs to the left, with her left leg striding forward. The extant neck suggests that she may have turned her head toward the viewer, or slightly to the left. She wears a thin himation draped diagonally over her right shoulder, over a thin chiton, the ends of which fan out in the space between her legs; the ends of the himation are windblown to the left. Cuttings for the sings indicate that they would have projected back in a natural manner, rather than spread directly to either side, as with earlier Nike statues.

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: Two non-joining fragments preserve the right torso and the left thigh and knee of a Nike. Both fragments are slightly worn and scratched.

Material Description: Parian, according to Brouskari

Technique Description: Nine small holes on the neck of this statue suggest that an elaborate piece of hewelry would have been attached to her throat.

Inscription: See (Athens, EM 6339.

Other Notes: Harrison has linked this statue with an inscribed Ionic column base, the capital of which is in the Acropolis Museum (comprised of five fragments including Athens, Acropolis 3776, Athens, Acropolis 3820, and Athens, Acropolis 3830) and the inscribed column of which is in the Epigraphic Museum (Athens, EM 6339).

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 125, figs. 239-40 (with previous bibliography)

Other Bibliography: Harrison 1971