Ancient Roman Bronze Appliqué of Victory

£ 425.00

An Ancient Roman bronze appliqué modelled in the shape of Victory personified. She is portrayed in full figure, standing in a contrapposto stance and balancing the weight on her left leg, while her right foot is pointed downwards. The goddess holds a long, grooved palm frond in the left arm and wears voluminous robes which leave her uplifted arm, now deprived of the hand, bare. Her hair is tied back and her facial features are stylised and emphasised, as she is depicted with large eyes and nose. A hole is pierced through the folds of the goddess’ long skirt, while two small knobs feature on her back, suggesting that this statuette would have used as a decorative attachment piece.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Condition: Good condition, some green patination to the surface.


SKU: MG-172 Category: Tags: ,

Appliqués such as this example, would have likely served as the emblema (centrepiece) of a bowl or a piece of furniture. It was a custom for the Ancient Romans, especially among the wealthier classes, to have highly decorated everyday life objects, such as jewellery boxes or toiletries tables. The subject of such decorations could vary between portraits of women, to depictions of gods, or natural elements and animals.

According to ancient Roman mythology and religion, the goddess Victoria, known as Nike in Greek mythology, was the personified goddess of victory. Numerous artistic and architectural dedications to her bear witness to the popularity of the goddess’ cult: Victoria appears widely on Roman coins, jewellery, architecture, and other works of art. She is also portrayed while holding a palm branch, as seen on this example, a symbol of triumph and peace in many ancient societies.

To find more about Roman Goddesses, please see our relevant blog post: Roman Goddesses in Mythology.

Weight 76.6 g
Dimensions W 3.3 x H 8.5 cm



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