Nike By Paionios. By Alex Creer. Little Bit of Background. The Nike of Paionios was made by Paionios of Mende in Chalkidike. It was dedicated by the Messenians and Naupactians for their victory over the Spartans in Sphacteria, in 425 BC.
By Alex Creer
Clothes blowing in back to show rushing down from the heavens
There was a cloak held in the left hand which bellied out like a sail
High Classical period so all Archaic factors are gone.
Not sure what the right hand held but most likely a palm branch which she is often seen holding as a sign of victory
Obviously many pieces are missing as it was put together from fragments
There is supposed to be an eagle at her feet showing the element she is moving in
‘The Characteristic Linear formal devices of the late 5th century BC – transparency, modelling lines and, most especially, sweeping motion lines – are cleverly deployed to create a vivid illusion. The Nike was shown facing full front, leaning forward a little; the drapery was used to give her flight drama and impact.’