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Nike unbinding her sandal

Relief slab from the balustrade of the Ionic Temple of Athena Nike. Around three of the temple’s sides, offering protection from a vertical drop, was a parapet decorated with reliefs.

The sculptural decoration was on the outside of the parapet. This means that it was not possible to get a close view of the reliefs, and also the sculptures would be one of the first things a visitor to the Acropolis would see.

Here a winged Nike is shown gracefully removing her shoes before entering the temple

Pentelic marble
Location of Original: 

Athens Acropolis Museum 973

0.96 x 0.52m

Purchased prior to 1884 by the Fitzwilliam Museum. Transferred to the Museum in 1884


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 194
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 67, no.305
Rhys Carpenter: Sculpture on the Nike Parapet, 63-
Casson: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum Athens II, 157, no.12
Hurwit: The Athenian Acropolis (1999), 213

415-410 BCE

From in front of the Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis, Athens

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