It was sculpted to celebrate a naval victory. Nike stands on the prow of a ship, overlooking the island of Samothrace. Wet drapery was a common element in Ancient Greek statues of women; here it's used to relate an image of the goddess standing firm against an oncoming sea wind and sea spray. Her flowing, wet robes give the sense of movement introduced during the Classical Period. This is still considered one of the greatest sculptures in history. Go to the Louvre to see it in person and you will be awed by its grandeur.