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Winged Victory of Samothrace Left Side
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This famous sculpture was discovered in 1863 on the Greek island of Samothrace—in the precincts of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.  This is a view looking at the left side of the sculpture.  It was placed in a nymphaeum to be viewed from this angle.

The piece was probably carved around 200 BC—of Parian marble— to commemorate a naval victory.  It is 25 feet high and rests on the prow of a ship.  "The statue's powerful forward-moving stride, swept-back wings, and sophisticated drapery are clearly evident.  The head and the right wing are missing."  It is one of a small number of major Hellenistic statues surviving as an original.

For additional information see conveniently "Winged Victory of Samothrace" in Wikipedia.

To view additional "Victory or Nike" sculptures see:

From Olympia  
From Ashqelon 
From Naples 
From Ephesus