Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nike of Ephesos


This Nike from the Artemis Temple in Ephesos is the most complete surviving remnant of at least 36 similar pieces, according to ancient authors. The temple was once one of the largest anywhere, magnificently adorned with relief sculpture and housing the cult statue of Artemis / Diana of the Ephesians. The relief of Nike, goddess of victory, was taken to the British Museum in London upon its discovery in 1869, where it remains today.

thanks flickruser a.m. thomson. click to embiggen.