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Unknown, Roman

Tyche, Patron Deity of a Municipality, 1st Century-2nd Century
Roman Sculpture
11 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in. (28.6 x 22 x 27 cm), without base

R. T. Miller Fund,  49.73

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Seleucus I, the founder of Antioch, commissioned the sculptor Eutychides to create a colossal bronze statue of Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune. Tyche's mural crown depicting city walls and towers identified her as the patron of Antioch and the bringer of its fortunes. Eutychides' statue sat just inside the city walls, and became famous throughout the region due to the widespread distribution of copies like this sculpture in the collection of the Memorial Art Gallery.

[Gallery label text, 2009]