Nike (Victory) of Samothrace
From the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace. The wind-whipped costume and raised wings of this Victory indicate that she has just alighted on the prow of the stone ship that formed the original base of the statue. The work probably commemorated an important naval victory, perhaps the Rhodian triumph over the Seleucid king Antiochus III in 190 bce. The Nike (lacking its head and arms) and a fragment of its stone ship base were discovered in the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods by a French explorer in 1863 (additional fragments were discovered later). Soon after, the sculpture entered the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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Unknown artist, “Nike (Victory) of Samothrace,” Digital Collections - University at Buffalo Libraries, accessed October 17, 2021, https://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/items/show/29929.