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Nike Tying Her Sandal (Sandalbinder)


Artist: Kallimachos (active )
Date: 421-413 BCE
5th century BCE
Dimensions: 35 x 24.5 x 3.5 in. (88.9 x 62.23 x 8.89 cm)
Object Type: Relief Sculpture
Creation Place: Europe, Greece
Medium and Support: PlasterPlaster cast from marble original in the Acropolis Museum, Athens Cast
Credit Line: Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010
Accession Number: 2010.02.08
On View: Bellarmine Hall Cast Corridor

Here Nike, or the personification of victory, is shown balancing on her left foot so that she may raise her right foot to adjust her sandal. Though treating a disarmingly simple subject, the sculptor’s dramatic use of drapery – both on Nike’s chiton, with its buttoned sleeves, and the mantle that crosses her right thigh before rising to cover her left shoulder – conveys a sense of impressive energy and monumental grandeur. Indeed, the voluminous fabric, under the artist’s skillful chisel, has assumed an architectural quality; one that seems to help Nike maintain her balance.

First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens (now called the Acropolis Restoration Project ); gift 2010 to the Fairfield University Art Musuem (now called the Fairfield University Art Museum).

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