Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Nike
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis (found in 1888 between the museum and the South wall of the Acropolis)
Summary: Torso of Nike
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Architectural
Category: Separated fragments
Placement: Akroterion
Style: Early Classical
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 480 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.76 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Early Classical


Subject Description: A winged Nike flies to the left (as indicated by her sharply bent right leg). She wears a peplos fastened at the shoulders, over a chiton. Her hair, arranged in horizontal bands, falls below her shoulders and between her wings.

Form & Style: The shoulder pins would have been added in metal. The flat style suggests that the work served as an architectural embellishment, probably as an akroterion, perhaps on the Athens, Old Temple of Athena, when it was repaired after the Persian sack of 480 B.C.

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: This piece is comprised of three of more rejoined fragments constituting the torso, upper legs, and upper arms of a female figure. A portion of the wings, with remaining paint, is found on the back.

Material Description: Island (Parian?) marble, according to Brouskari

Associated Building: Athens, Old Temple of Athena

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 66, fig. 119

Other Bibliography: Isler-Kerényi 1969, 97; Lippold 1950, 75 n. 5; Schuchhardt in Langlotz & Schrader 1939, 116 no. 67, pl. 90; BrBr, 526 ff.; Payne 1936, 54, pl. 119.3-4