In ancient Greece, Nike was the Goddess of Victory, Speed and Strength. A winged Goddess, these attributes allowed her to mediate and deliver messages between the Gods and Humankind. She appears here carrying a palm branch and a wreath as signs of Victory and Peace. A symbol of success and determination, her presence inspires a positive out come in all undertakings both big and small.
In Rome, where Nike was called Victoria, she came to be regarded as the protecting goddess of the Senate and her statue in the Curia Julia was the cause of the final combat between Christianity and Paganism toward the end of the 4th century. Her winged image was adapted into art throughout the ages and can be be recognized as the angels we know today. She is not bound by any religion and is a universal symbol of prosperity.
On the back of the medal is Hercules as an agent of light battling the forces of dark. The medal is recast in Solid Bronze and dipped in 22KT Gold using the lost wax method from an original WW1 Greek Victory Medal. We find the emergence of Nike at this time remarkable as this medal was originally issued in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Made with our 4mm Golden Bead Necklace, it is 34 inches long for doubling and can be custom made in any length. Our Whispering Goddess collection hand made with devotion in the tiny coastal town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
The medal is 1.5" round. It is shown with our Midsummer Nights Wrap Necklace