One of the most iconic pieces.
marble Nike of Samothrace
- Height: 36.5cm (to tip of her wings behind her) Width: 20cm Depth: 21cm
This iconic statue was carved in marble from the Cycladic island of Paros. She was found on the island of Samothrace in the north Aegean Sea in 1883, and dates to ca 220-185 BC. Since 1884 she has been on display in the Louvre. She is one of very few major Hellenistic statues to survive in the original marble, rather than in Roman copies.
Winged Nike was the ancient Greek goddess of victory, speed, and strength. The sports company takes its name from her. Nike was also closely associated with Athena and Zeus, and appears in sculpture and on coinage with them both, usually poised on the upturned hand of either deity.
This collection is made in the UK in cast Carrara marble. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome and was a favourite of Michelangelo.
The sculptures are created using a process of dry casting, so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble. They glisten!
The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - especially if the pieces are placed outdoors.