Nike of Samothrace, a 2nd century BC Hellenistic female figure, stands upon a tall base exhibiting jubilation as she honors a victory at sea. Once located in the prow of a ship, she stands in a forward motion as if directing the crew to triumph over their opponents. Victory, with her great wings spread, endures the journey at sea and is positioned to the heavens, giving the crew hope. Her delicate drapery gives her a sense of vulnerability and exposure, while her stance depicts her confidence.

–Rayner LeBlanc