Winged Victory of Samothrace Left Side

Winged Victory of Samothrace Left Side

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