21.A.1. Bronze Censer (Thymiaterion)

Delphi Archaeological Museum

A thymiaterion is a type of censer or incense burner used in the region of the Mediterranean for spiritual and religious purposes and especially in religious ceremonies. This burner is unique in color and it’s so close to the Olympic torch in miniature.

In modern times it can be used as a potpourri burner.

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20.A.1. Caryatid from the Treasury of Syphnian

Delphi Archaeological Museum

There were two caryatids in the Treasury of Syphnian (view blog no. 12.A.4.) but only one survived. A caryatid is described as a sculpted female figure (maiden) serving as support of a column or pillar on her head.

Behind the statue is an entrance or a door to the treasury and this female sculture served as a decorative column.

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17.A.1. Charioteer of Delphi

Delphi Archaeological Museum

I will take you right away to it’s description. Visual is sometimes stronger than words in this instance, in the museum.

The sculpture depicts the driver (a young man) of the chariot race at the moment when he presents his chariot and horses to the spectators in recognition of his victory.

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15.A.1. Sphinx of Naxos

Delphi Archaeological Museum

One of the exhibits is the colossal Naxian Sphinx. The statue of Sphinx stands 7.5 feet high. Once it was placed atop a column reached 33 feet in height. The prosperous inhabitants of Naxos, the biggest island in the Cyclades (an island group in the Aegean Sea have donated this statue to Delphi in 560 BC.

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