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Tyche, Patron Deity of a Municipality

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Tyche, Patron Deity of a Municipality

1st Century-2nd Century
Roman Empire
11 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in. (28.6 x 22 x 27 cm)

Roman artist

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Marble
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1949.73
Location: Currently on view
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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]

Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), by 1921; anonymous sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, January 26-29, 1921, lot 150; purchased at that sale by Brummer Galleries, New York; Joseph Brummer sale part III, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, June 8-9, 1949 lot 463; purchased at that sale by the Gallery

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