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Fragment of a marble relief with a Nike

late 5th century B.C.
Marble, Island
H. 18 1/16 in. (45.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
This figure must represent a Nike (the personification of victory) for a few feathers of her right wing are visible carved in low relief on the background. The wind-blown drapery that clings to her body and the ridgelike folds that form beautiful curved patterns are typical of the elegant mannered art of the late fifth and early fourth centuries B.C. Although this twisting figure brings to mind those on the reliefs that decorated the Nike Parapet at the entrance to the Athenian Akropolis, it must have been part of a metope or relief from a building or other temple constructed at approximately the same period.
M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(10): p. 240.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 63, pp. 42–43, pls. 53 c-d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Palagia, Olga. 2002. "A New Metope from Bassai." Asmosia VI: Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone: proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the "Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity," Venice, June 15-18, 2000. pp. 379–82, figs. 1–5, Padova: Bottega D'Erasmo.

Lazzarini, Lorenzo and Dr. Clemente Marconi. 2014. "A New Analysis of Major Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum: Petrological and Stylistic." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 49: pp. 124, 138–39, fig. 19, Appendix.

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