It is an eight feet tall sculpture thought to have been made in honor of goddess Nike as well as a prominent naval victory. This can be seen in the sculpture itself which portrays triumph in action apart from artistic skills and material as seen in the features. Excavations done in the modern era tend to hint at the sculpture having occupied space above some theater accompanying the altar which could be seen from Demetrius Poliorcetes’s ship memorial. It initially was part of a Samothrace temple that was dedicated for their gods (Megaloi Theoi). The work artistically symbolizes the goddess-Nike when she descended from above to meet her triumphant navy before losing arms which were never recovered. It is believed she descended to declare victory.
This work is commendable for convincingly portraying a mixture of feelings; violence meeting sudden tranquility. It also shows great balance of grace and its garments persuasively depicting movements in a very strong breeze. Close in features to the Nike is Laocoon group- a rework of an original which got lost. The two works appear close both in terms of time and place. The Nike unlike Laocoon demonstrates heroism, the spirit of triumph and divinity coming directly to the face of man for a moment. Great art is seen in wings; the right wing stretching outwards represents a symmetric plaster version of an original left wing. The head has not been spotted to date but fragments of other parts were found. The right arm for instance was excavated in the year 1950 under a huge rock close to the statues original position. Its ring fingers tip was also identified as well as the thumb in Kunsthistorisches Museum. These fragments were reunited to the right arm and are also kept in the Louvre where the statue is. There is an inscription with the word “Rhodios” on the statue which implies this statue was custom-made in celebration of victory