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Lekythos with Nike Holding a Band
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Lekythos with Nike Holding a Band


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Description The wings of the goddess Nike, who personified military victory as well as triumph in athletic or musical competitions, probably indicate her ability to bring swift victory. Like Eros, Nike was a familiar figure in Greek art. Scenes showing a flying Nike became very popular in the early 5th century BCE, which was probably connected to the victory of the Greeks over the Persians at the battle of Marathon (490 BCE).
Exhibitions
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
ca. 460 BCE (Classical)
Medium
terracotta; red figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.254
Measurements
7 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. (18.4 x 6.1 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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