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Outstanding Greek bas-relief from the beginning of the 3rd century B.C. - The figure of the naked young man personifies KAIROS - according to ancient Greek's comprehension the God of the "fleeting moment", a favorable opportunity opposing the fate of man. This favorable moment must be grasped (i. e. the winged, permanent running Kairos by his tuft of hair), otherwise the moment flies away without return and cannot be caught any more ...

The bronze Kairos statue known in literature and made by the famous Greek sculptor Lysippos from Sikyon, was probably the model for the relief from Trogir.
This flying creature - being always in constant hurry - is best described in the verses of the poet Posidippos from the 3rd century B.C.:

- Where does the sculptor come from?

- What's his name?

- Who are you?

- Why do you walk on tiptoe?

- And the wings on your feet?

- Why do you clench the razor in your    right hand?

- Why does the tuft of hair fall on your    forehead?

- Why are you bald in the back?

- Why did the artist create you?

- From Sikyon.

- Lysippos.

- Kairos. I surmount everything.

- I am always in a hurry.

- I am quicker than the wind.

- To tell people I am sharper than the    tip of the knife.

- Everybody who comes in front of me    should grasp it.

- Who I overfly can never catch me    again, no matter how he longs for it.

- To remind people, stranger!
   Because of that I am a moral to    everybody in this hall.
KAIROS relief is kept in the Benedictine nunnery with the church of St. Nicolas. It is discovered in Spring 1928 in a abandoned house of Stanosevic family.
St. Nicolas Museum is open for visits daily from 08:00 till 13:00 and from 15:00 till 19:00.