Attic red-figure pottery jug depicting NikeOn display
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A winged Nike flies with a ribbon towards a tripod. Both are symbols of victory: Nike means "victory" in Greek, and tripods were regularly given as prizes at games or were set up to commemorate victories in battle. This tripod appears to belong to the latter, and the vase may well have been made to commemorate the successful outcome of a battle.
The garments here recall those being worn by participants in the Panathenaic procession shown on the Parthenon frieze which was carved in the 440s.
Attic red-figure pottery jug depicting Nike
Date450 BC - 430 BC
Classical Period (Greece) (480 - 323 BC)
Material and technique
pottery, with painted decoration
Dimensions18 cm (height)
foot 10 cm (diameter)
15 cm (width)
0.3 cm (rim thickness)
No. of items
Presented by Edmund Oldfield, 1899.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 16 | The Greek World
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Beazley, John, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), p. 1263
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