Statuette of Nike seated

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


23.8 cm (9 3/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.238 H.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



A Statuette of Nike seated on a pile of rocks. Her right arm around the neck of a deer standing beside her; only the fore part of the deer modeled; the horns gone. Beside the deer a winged genius; the goddess holds another in her lap. The legs of the deer and of the larger genius, and parts of the wings are restored. Covered with white. From Cervetri.


December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)

NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund