Nike Tying Her Sandal (Sandalbinder)
5th century BCE
35 x 24.5 x 3.5 in. (88.9 x 62.23 x 8.89 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010
Bellarmine Hall Cast Corridor
Nike Tying her Sandal, more familiarly known as the “Sandalbinder,” is one of the best-loved sculptures from the Acropolis. 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.
The sculpture represented by this cast was originally located on a parapet wall that surrounded the Temple of Athena Nike on three sides of the bastion just to the right of the Propylaia. As visitors in antiquity arrived at the steps to the Acropolis, they would have seen this Nike facing outward on the marble parapet, along with several other examples of Nike approaching a seated Athena.
Kallimachos (possibly attributed to)
(Greek, active 2nd half of 5th century BCE)
Nike Tying her Sandal (Sandalbinder), 421-413 BCE
Plaster cast from marble original, Acropolis Museum, Athens
Gift of the First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical
Antiquities—Acropolis Museum, Athens, 2010