"Winged Victory" is a Greek statue of the goddess Nike. It was excavated on the island of Samothrace in 1863, and now stands in the Louvre Museum in Paris. I saw it there in 2007. Archaeologists have dated the statue to 190 B.C. When the statue was found, the head, arms and right wing were missing. A reverse copy of the left wing was made in plaster and attached to the statue.
I have wondered how the statue appeared before it was ruined by the passing centuries, and have attempted a Photoshop reconstruction here. I referred to other images and statues of Nike, most of which show the goddess with her right arm raised overhead, clutching a wreath, which symbolizes victory in war.
Read more about Nike of Samothrace here. (By the way, the Greek word "Nike" means "victory" and is pronounced nee-kay.)
Update: My wife thought the arms I added were too thin, so I used the bloat/liquify tool to thicken them. I think she's right: a buxom lady like this would not have skinny arms.
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