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Nike Winged Victory Statue

Your statue appears to represent the Greek goddess Nike (equally the Roman goddess Victoria), also often called "Winged Victory".

A considerable amount of information about this deity as well as photos of antique representations of her can be found on the web: http://www.google.ch/search?q=Nike+of+Samothrace&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

It's also interesting to note that the well-known brand "Nike" takes its name from her as well, and that their trademark is a fantasy representation of her wings.

It's likely that your statue originally had a bronze colored finish, which was painted over with silver metallic paint at some point in time. The ring and red stone are not typical in depictions of Nike, and may (or not) have been added after the fact...

Also, the ring on the back may have served to attach the statue to something in order to prevent it from tipping over if bumped into. Another possibility is that the statue once served as the base of a lamp (I've seen a number of such lamps over the years), and that the ring was one of the points of attachment for a vertical tube which held the sockets and glass tulip lamp shades.

In all probability, this item dates from sometime between 1880 and 1920.

Concerning the value of your statue, there isn't any "book value" that exists for this piece, only what "comparable" items may have fetched, for example on eBay. In this case, searching eBay for Nike of Samothrace shows comparable pieces on offer ranging in price from about $250 to about three times that amount.

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Added by: Debodun

Date: 14th Mar 12

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By: Debodun Debodun

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1 month ago


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Thank you for the additional information.

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