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  Olympia Museum - Nike of Paionios
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The statue depicts a winged woman. An inscription on the base states that the statue was dedicated by the Messenians and the Naupactians for their victory against the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), in the Archidamian (Peloponnesian) war prabably in 421 B.C. It is the work of the sculptor Paionios of Mende in Chalkidiki, who also made the acroteria of the Temple of Zeus.

Nike, cut from Parian marble, has a height of 2m, but with the tips of her (now broken) wings would have reached 3m. In its completed form, the monument with its triangular base (about 9m high) would have stood at the height of 11m, giving the impression of Nike triumphantly descending from Olympos. It dates from 421 B.C.

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  • Written Apr 13, 2008
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