Nike

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Acquired in 1874 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Henig, M, PhD thesis on engraved gems, plate 304 Miclea, I, The Column, Cluj, 1971, p.114, pl.LXVI List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1874, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 20.
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
0110-12-31
date_start
0101-01-01
date_text
ca. 106 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Chalcedony cameo fragment depicting Nike, Roman, ca. 106 AD
dimensions
Height: 7 cm, Width: 4.8 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm, Weight: 0.08 kg
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64
historical_context_note
This is a fragment from a large cameo which would have been made to celebrate the victories of the Emperor Trajan who conquered Dacia and acquired Arabia in AD 106.
historical_significance
history_note
Bought from the Webb collection Historical significance: Described by Martin Henig as a very fine piece. Although he felt the inscription had been added in the Renaissance he did not question the association with the Dacian wars and suggests an interesting parallel for the Nike could be found on Trajan's column. This would appear to be the Nike half way up the column at the connecting point between the two wars in the narration, where her figure appears inscribing the honours of the wars on a shield. A comparable Nike found in Lullingstone can be found in Henig's PhD thesis on engraved gems.
id
82543
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T00:56:36.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T00:56:36.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
Medieval and Renaissance, room 64, case SS3
longitude
12.57341
marks
DACIA CAPTA ARABIA ADQVISITA Dacia captured Arabia acquired
materials
chalcedony
materials_techniques
Carved chalcedony
museum_number
263-1874
museum_number_token
2631874
object_number
O106882
object_type
Cameo
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Fragment of a large chalcedony cameo depicting the winged figure of Nike grasping her shield. The figure is present from the mid-thighs up, the upper part of her body naked and her hair dressed on top of her head. She strides to the left and turns her head to the right. Mounted in a plain gold band round the edges with a ring for suspension.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AF2888
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This fragment is all that remains of what would have been a much larger cameo made to celebrate an important Roman imperial victory. The figure is Nike, the Roman goddess of victory. The inscription on her shield, which may have been added after the cameo was carved, refers to the emperor Trajan’s conquest of Dacia and acquisition of Arabia in AD 106. In a cameo, the image stands proud of the surface. Large and important pieces like this one were produced by highly skilled Roman cameo engravers and prized by their owners as symbols of status and power.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
nike-cameo-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving, lapidary
title
Nike
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
110
year_start
101