Delphi Museum

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The Museum at Delphi, between the excavated area and the village, contains a fascinating collection of finds from the site, only a selection of which can be mentioned here.
In the vestibule is an omphalos stone of the Roman period, carved with a net-like pattern.
Architectural sculpture and statues make up a large portion of the collection.


Room 2: three Archaic bronze shields.
Room 3: in the center the sphinx of the Naxians (ca. 550 B.C.) and a caryatid from the Treasury of the Siphnians (ca. 525 B.C.), the friezes from which are displayed on the walls: to the left the pediment (Herakles stealing the Pythia's tripod) and the east frieze (assembly of the gods and Trojan War), to the right the north frieze (Gigantomachia) and the west frieze (Judgment of Paris).

Figures by a Peloponnesian Sculptor

Room 4: Kleobis and Biton, sons of the priestess of Hera at Argos (ca. 600 B.C.; height 2.16m/7ft high), two massive Archaic figures by a Peloponnesian sculptor.

Votive Offerings

Room 5: votive offerings of the seventh-fifth centuries B.C. found under the Sacred Way north of the Treasury of the Corinthians, including a life-size bull of silver and gold, carved ivories and impressive fragments of chryselephantine statues of Apollo and his sister Artemis. These new finds, offerings from eastern Greece and Asia Minor, are of particular importance, since they include the only examples so far discovered of chryselephantine sculpture. Previously all such figures, including such famous works as those by Pheidias in the Parthenon in Athens and the temple of Zeus at Olympia, had been lost and were known only from literature.


Room 6: metopes from the Treasury of the Athenians, including Theseus and Antiope, Herakles and the Arcadian hind.
Rooms 7 and 8: remains of the Archaic temple of Apollo; in particular (Room 7) the east pediment, depicting the coming of Apollo to Delphi. To the right of this is an acroterion from the temple in the form of a winged Victory.


Rooms 9 and 9A: stele from Marmariá depicting an athlete and his attendant (460 B.C.); circular altar with the figure of a girl (ca. 310 B.C.; head of Dionysos (fourth century B.C.).
Room 10 (to the right): architectural fragments from the Tholos in the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, including part of the entablature, with carved metopes, and semi-columns from the interior with Corinthian capitals (soon after 400 B.C.).


Room 11: statue of Agias (ca. 350 B.C.; by Lysippos?); acanthus column with three korai or Thyades (ca. 350 B.C.); head of a philosopher (ca. 280 B.C.).
Room 12: the Charioteer, the famous bronze statue of Sotades of Thespiai, dedicated by the Sicilian tyrant Polyzalos in thanksgiving for a victory in the chariot race at the Pythian Games in 478 or 474 B.C. In adjoining cases are fragments of the chariot and horses.
Room 13: bronzes; marble statue of Antinoos, the Emperor Hadrian's favorite (A.D. second century).
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