Flying Nike (Victory)

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 068.


29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Stattuete of Nike (Victory) advancing through the air. She has her right arm extended and her left bent upwards with her palm open and extended, probably once holding a phiale. Her right leg is advanced free of the drapery. She is wearing a transparent high-girt chiton fastened on the shoulders with buttons; it has a long overfold. She has her hair in a knot of curls at the back; she also has a fillet at the top of her head, its ends crossed beneath a disk. She is also wearing earrings.

The figure has a hang-hole for suspension and two long slits for wings.
Missing: wings, most of left hand, first three fingers of right hand.
Traces of white slip well preserved; carmine on lips; traces of black band on lower edge of chiton; yellow with gilding on fillet, earrings, buttons, breasts.

Red clay.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from the private collection of the late M. Baltazzi); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution