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Nike of Samothrace


One of the most famous images of Nike is the Nike of Samothrace, better known as Winged Victory. Currently located in the Louvre in Paris, was created some time between 240 and 190 BCE, perhaps by Pythokritos of Rhodes. In 1863 it was found by M. Champoiseau in several pieces.

It was common from the Classical period on to depict Nike in poses that evoke movement, running, or flight. She also is commonly shown in the context of holding weapons, pouring libations on an altar, or decorating a trophy.

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