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Nike of Samothrace Lifesize Bronze sculpture

Made of 100% pure bronze (lost wax)
Finish: Bronze
Dimensions: 72" H: 48" D: 45" (183cm x 114cm)
Weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Item No. B-CM140B
Period: Hellenistic Age (4th-1st century B.C.)

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This is an impressive LIFESIZE replica casted in BRONZE of the famous Winged Nike of Samothrace, one of the most important and beautiful surviving masterpieces of antiquity. The marble statue of the Winged Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (Nike of Samothrace) was discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace by French consul and amateur archaeologist Charles Champoiseau. The statue is now displayed in the Louvre in Paris. In 1883 the sculpture was installed in its present spot on the Daru staircase in the Louvre, where visitors continue to marvel at this monumental Hellenistic masterpiece. In Greek mythology, Nike was regarded as the bestower of victory, both in war and in contest. As a war goddess she was often represented standing alongside Zeus, Athena and Ares. As goddess of contests, she typically is portrayed adorning the winner with a victor’s wreath and/or sash. The statue of Nike is one of the greatest surviving sculpture masterpieces of the Hellenistic period, even though it is significantly damaged – most significantly missing its head and outstretched arms. Since its original discovery in 1863 is has been reassembled and rebuilt, with the right wing being a symmetrical cast plaster version of the left. Many pieces, including a hand have been found at the site, but the arms nor the head were never located. Created by an unknown sculptor (Rhodian in origin), the piece is dated between period 220-190 BCE, though certain scholars think it could have been created as early as 250 BCE (or even 288 BCE) or as late as 180 BCE . An inscription on the base of the statue includes the word “Rhodhios” (Rhodes), indicating it was commissioned to celebrate a naval victory by Rhodes, but again other scholars believe it was an offering donated by the Macedonian general Demetrius I Poliorcetes after his naval victory at Cyprus, however this would date the statue an even earlier 288 BCE. Weight: 300 lbs. Dimensions: W: 72″ H: 48″ D: 45″ Above piece in brown patina – also available in green patina. Let us know which one you prefer.

Made of bronze (lost wax). "Lost Wax" bronze (or hot-cast bronze) is actually 100% pure Bronze - essentially copper and tin. The most known and used process for making "lost wax" involves pouring of molten bronze. This is the same method used by the ancient civilizations to create bronze sculptures. The making of a "lost wax" bronze is a complex and time consuming process, and specific technical expertise is needed to accomplish the task of making a bronze.

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