Attic red-figure pottery jug depicting Nike

On display

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.


Further reading

Beazley, John, D., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Great Britain 3, Oxford 1 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1927), no. 3 on p. 35, no. 3 on pl. 43

Beazley, John, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), p. 1263

Vickers, Michael J., Greek Vases (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1978), 58

Burn, L., Glynn, R, Beazley Addenda. Additional References to ABV, ARV2 & Paralipomena (Oxford University Press, 1982), no. 1263 on p. 177

Boardman, John, Athenian Red Figure Vases The Classical Period: a handbook (London: Thames & Hudson, 1989), p. 97; no. 226 on p. 247, no. 226 on p. 114

Vickers, Michael, J., Ancient Greek Pottery (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1999), no. 44 on p. 58, no. 44 on p. 59

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