Pantheistic Tyche

Greco-Roman
Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 118A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

67.1036

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Tyche stands with right foot drawn back, poised on the rough base. A mural crown is surmounted by the headdress of Isis (feathers, disc, and horns). On her back are the wings of Nike and the quiver of Artemis. Her lowered right hand held a rudder, of which the handle and paddle remain. Her left holds the double cornucopiae with a uraeus rising between the fruits. The base is filled with lead, as if the figure had been carried on a pole or placed in a stand. Right wing and central section of rudder are missing. gray-brown patina, with earth encrustation.

Provenance

By 1967: with George Zacos, Engelgasse 65, Basel, Switzerland (said to be from Asia Minor); gift of George Zacos to MFA, December 13, 1967

Credit Line

Gift of George Zacos