Delphi Museum


Omphalos

The omphalos (center) of the earth. This sacred object was located in the Adyton of the Temple of Apollo, and was viewed only by the priests and priestess who had access to the chamber.

Picture of Kleovis and Biton kuros statues

Kouros Statues of the Archaic Period. Early 6th c. B.C. (circa 580 B.C.)
They are known as Kleovis and Biton. The two boys who heroically pulled their mother on her chariot to the sanctuary where she was to worship. They pulled the chariot for a distance of about 8km. They died the same night peacefully in their sleep according to Herodotus.

Over life size (6.15m) each. Made by Polymedes.


Picture of Kleovis and Biton (detail) Kouroi Kleovis and Biton (or Kleobis and Viton)
Detail.
Sphinx of Naxos Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column about 10m tall. circa 560 B.C.
Picture of the Sphinx of Naxos at the Delphi museum Large Sphinx of Naxos sitting on an Ionic column
circa 560 B.C. Another view.
Statue of a woman (possibly Nike)

Statue of a woman (possibly Nike)

Marble, 470 B.C.





Picture of the Archaic Temple of Apollo Pediment

Picture of the Archaic Temple of Apollo Pediment

 




Metope

Statue of a Bull

Silver and Gold, 6th c. BC


Griffin head

Griffin head

Bronze


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Specific Topics from the Delphi Museum:

Treasury of Siphnos

 

 

Treasury of Siphnos


Charioteer of Delphi

 

 

 

 

Charioteer of Delphi


Hellenistic and Roman Art

 

 

Hellenistic Art from Delphi