This statue stands as though it had just put down from flight. The draped garment clings to the body as though it were wet, reflecting the Greek conception that the human body is the ideal for artistic expression. The cloak which is slipping from the shoulders billows out behind the figure and wraps around the legs. The body is thrust forward by the force of the powerful wings.
Nikes, such as this, were created by the Greeks to celebrate naval victories. It is one of the finest achievements of the Hellenistic Age.
The statue it was found on a lonely hillside in Samothrace and now is exposed in the Museum of Louvre.
H.36cm/ 14 inches