Tyche of Antioch Artist: (Roman copy of an original by) Eutychides (Greek, active ca. 295 B.C.)

ca. 1st–2nd century A.D.

Ancient Art

Not on view

This bronze statuette of the Roman period is modeled on one of the most influential statues of antiquity—the Tyche of Antioch by Eutychides, created in about 300 B.C. Tyche, the personification of Fortune, was held in great esteem in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Cities throughout the Graeco-Roman world attempted to improve their own fortunes by celebrating Tyche as a civic deity. Tyche is usually represented in art as a female figure, wearing a mural crown. Sometimes identifying attributes, such as landscape features, were incorporated into a particular city's image of Tyche. Judging by surviving copies, Eutychides's Tyche of Antioch was shown seated on a rock, with a personification of the river Orontes at her feet. It is unclear whether Yale's statuette originally included the figure of Orontes.

Medium

Bronze, hollow cast; originally inlaid with silver at eyes; base cast separately and attached

Dimensions

5 7/8 × 3 5/16 × 3 1/16 in. (15 × 8.4 × 7.7 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number

1986.65.1

Period

Roman

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Ariadne Galleries; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., acquired from the above, 1986.
Bibliography
  • Susan B. Matheson, "Ancient Greek Bronzes at Yale," in "Recent Acquisitions 2001–2003," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 53, ill
  • Richard A. Grossmann, Ancient Glass: A Guide to the Yale Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002), 33, left, fig. 33
  • "Catalogue of the Exhibition 'An Obsession with Fortune: Tyche in Greek and Roman Art'," in "An Obsession with Fortune: Tyche in Greek and Roman Art," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1994), 108, no. 2
  • Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell, "Reflections of the Tyche of Antioch in Literary Sources and on Coins," in "An Obsession with Fortune: Tyche in Greek and Roman Art," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1994), 54, no. 2, fig. 31
  • Elise K. Kenney, ed., Handbook of the Collections: Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 266, ill
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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), mythology

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