Silk Road Collection
The Mediterranean

Nike (The Goddess of Victory)

  • The Mediterranean
  • Southern Italy
  • 5th century BC
  • Ancient Greek
  • terracotta tiles
  • 21.6cm in height

Nike, the big-winged goddess of victory (Nike in English and Victoria in Roman mythology), holds the crown of victory which is made of laurel leaves. Nike was said to appear before the winners in sports, poetry, and drama competitions and crown them with a laurel wreath.