the original nike of samothrace (winged victory) is a heroic piece that is one of the most prized possessions of the louvre, paris. the french found and excavated it on the island of samothrace in the aegean in the year 1863. a second century b.c. statue of the school of pergamon commemorating a naval victory, it was set up on this island upon a greek trireme for a base. nike, sounding the signal for battle on her trumpet, is arrested at the moment of alighting on the prow of a vessel. the marvel of this work lies chiefly in the masterly handling of the draperies by its sculptor. the piece as you see it here is of carrara marble and was executed in florence, italy.