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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES STEINBERG AND VIOLETTA LANDEK STEINBERG, NEW YORK, TO BE SOLD IN ENGLAND TO BENEFIT THE WORK OF INGRID NEWKIRK FOR PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA) AND OF JILL ROBINSON FOR ANIMALS ASIA

A Roman Marble Figure of Nike, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES STEINBERG AND VIOLETTA LANDEK STEINBERG, NEW YORK, TO BE SOLD IN ENGLAND TO BENEFIT THE WORK OF INGRID NEWKIRK FOR PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA) AND OF JILL ROBINSON FOR ANIMALS ASIA

A Roman Marble Figure of Nike, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of Nike, circa 2nd Century A.D.
after a Greek original of the 4th Century B.C., wearing a chiton and himation draped across the hips and over her left forearm, two straps across the chest meeting in a central medallion carved in relief with a winged gorgoneion, mortises on the shoulder-blades for insertion of the now missing wings; base and lower legs restored, head and forearms formerly restored.
Total height 81 cm.; height without plinth 77 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, 18th Century or earlier (based on restoration techniques)
acquired by the present owners in the 1970s from a gallery on East 57th Street in New York

Catalogue Note

The torso of the present figure is a reduced-sized and simplified copy of a larger type preserved in several copies, of which only one has its original head (from Oplontis: A. la Regina, ed., Nike. Il gioco e la vittoria, exh. cat. Rome, 2003, p. 208f., no. 35). Two other full-sized examples are in Berlin, Antikensammlung, inv. nos. Sk 226 and 227 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/2207 and http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/2208) and another reduced-sized example is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (C. Vermeule, American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 59, 1955, p. 130, pl. 41,2; http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/24199).

The Greek original is dated to the early 4th Century B.C. based on stylistic grounds (cf. S. Kansteiner, Pseudoantike Skulptur II, 2017, pp. 47ff.).

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