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Delphi Museum

The Archeological Museum of Delphi contains a rare and exquisite collection of archaic sculpture of an importance second only to those of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It features pottery, figures and friezes from the various treasuries which, grouped together, give a good picture of the sanctuary's riches. There are 13 rooms of exhibits, all on the ground floor. 

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Chryselephantine statue of ArtemisRemnants of a female ivory statue, perhaps of Artemis, wearing a gold diadem and executed in the chryselephantine technique which used gold (chyrs) and ivory (elephantine). Ionian work of the 6th century BCE. Chryselephantine statue of ApolloRemnants of a male statue of fire-blackened ivory representing Apollo. The eyes are inlaid and the hair is of silver-gilt lamina. The two tresses of hair in front are of gold. A splendid offering by an Ionian city of the 6th century BCE. Silver-plated bullFragments of an Ionian silver-plated bull of the mid 6th century BCE, the largest example from antiquity of a statue made out of precious metal.
Bronze piper statuetteBronze statuette of a piper in a chiton and himation. Having covered his mouth with the leather headbands to support the instrument, he is playing the double pipes. The case for the pipes hang over his left shoulder. A humble ex-voto, probably from the winner of a pipe competition, from a Corinthian workshop c. 500 BCE. Bronze statueBronze statue. Kleobis and BitonArchaic kouroi statues representing Kleobis and Biton, stylized representations of young brothers who were given the gift of eternal sleep by Hera, after they yoked themselves to a chariot to carry their mother to Hera's temple and of whom it was said, "those whom the gods love die young." They are the work of the Argive sculptor Polymedes, c. 590 BCE.
Naxian SphinxThe Naxian Sphinx, c. 570-560 BCE, presented by the wealthy citizens of Naxos. It stands 2.3 m (7.5 ft) high, and once had its place atop a column reaching over 10 m (33 ft) in height. CaryatidOne of the two Caryatids supporting the cornice of the Treasury of the Siphnians. The holes around the head were for attaching a metal crown, perhaps gilded. Her polo (bonnet), only the back part preserved, was ornamented by a very eroded relief of Sileni and Maenads dancing. Circa 525 BCE. DancerMarble statue of a female dancer.
Frieze from the Treasury of the Siphnians Detail of the right section of the east frieze from the Treasury of the Siphnians. It depicts a fierce battle between fully armed Greeks (right) and Trojans over the prostrate body of a fallen hero. It is a wonderful specimen of mature Archaic art dated to 525 BCE. marble pedimentMarble pediment. The CharioteerBronze statue of a charioteer, originally belonging to a larger group which represented a chariot drawn by four horses. It was dedicated to Apollo by the Syracusan Polyzalos, the brother of the tyrants Gelon and Hieron, in 478 BCE to commemorate a chariot victory at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the 'severe' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.
Three Dancing GirlsThe Column of the Dancers, carved from Pentelic marble, features statues of three young women forming the upper part of a column encircled with acanthus leaves. The figures are dancing, all wear a short, transparent chiton and bear a basket-like polos on their heads. The column is believed to have supported a tripod of the kind sat on by the Pythia as she went into her oracular trances. The girls are thought to be celebrating the feast of the god Dionysus who also resided in the sanctuary. His presence was honored in the winter months when Apollo was resting or away elsewhere. The column is an Athenian offering to the sanctuary dated to c. 380 BCE. Marble SheathingMarble sheathing from a circular altar found in the Sanctuary of Athena with a relief of women adorning the garland below the rim of the altar with scarves. Relief work characteristic of the Late Hellenistic period, mid 1st century BCE. Bronze tripodBronze tripod.
Marble OmphalosJust inside the entrance to the museum stands the marble Omphalos, or navel stone, covered with a woolly net pattern carved in relief. This is a Hellenistic or Roman copy of the stone that was believed to have marked the place above which Zeus' eagles met establishing the sanctuary as the center of the world. Statue of AntinousMarble statue of Antinous, a youth famous for his beauty, and the favorite of emperor Hadrian. It is one of the best of the surviving statues of the dreamy youth. Its debt to ancient Greece originals is obvious, but it differs from them radically. Antinous' body is soft, very different from the taut, well-knit bodies of the Greek youths hardened by exercise in the wrestling schools. The head has originality, with its profuse hair separated into small curls that frame the boy's pretty features. A didactic work of Roman classicalism dated to the Hadrian period (130 - 138 CE). Marble friezesMarble friezes

 
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