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Sphinx des Naxiens (SD 328)
Offering of the People of Naxos,
the marble column supported a Sphinx, a female devil generally associated with death. It could be a guard of the tomb of Dionysos, or rather of the tomb of Python, the dragon who was in charge of the oracle at the time when Earth Godess Gaïa was ruling the sanctuary.
The entire monument, though it collapsed at the end of Antiquity, was recovered in rather good condition at the beginning of the Great excavations (1893).
The Sphinx, now exhibited in the Museum, is a good example of archaic sculpture, one of the oldest (580-570 BC) monumental statues found in Delphi.
Column shafts are lying around the foundation, next to the great "polygonal wall".
dans le premier musée de Delphes
Plaster reconstruction of the Sphinx in the first museum of Delphi
restitution Albert Tournaire
Reconstruction drawing of the Sphinx by Albert Tournaire (1900)
restitution Youri Fomine
(Publication de P. Amandry)
Reconstruction drawing of the Sphinx by Youri Fomine (1953)
fondations du Sphinx
The rock on which was erected the column supporting the Sphinx
1861 L. Boitte, sphinx
Reconstruction drawing of the Sphinx (left), together with the Temple of Apollo, the polygonal wall and the Athenian Stoa (Amandry, Fomine)
Sphinx de face 1
Sphinx de biais 2
Sphinx de profil 1 HR
The Sphinx, exhibited in the archaeological Museum of Delphi
Drawing reconstruction of the Sphinx standing on an archaic ionic capital (Y. Fomine)
Computer drawing of the column in its actual surrounding
Sphinx des Naxiens chapiteau
Archaic ionic capital of the Naxian column
dessin de Le Corbusier 1911
Sketch drawing of architect Le Corbusier showing the Sphinx in its topographical context
Victor Prouvé, Portrait de Paul Perdizet, 1906
Portrait of French archaeologist Paul Perdrizet, with the Sphinx in the background, by Victor Prouvé, 1906.
Réplique du sphinx
Ausonius univ. Bordeaux
sphinx copy in Bordeaux University
A marble copy of the upper part of the monument, realized with cutting robot, exhibited in font of Ausonius building, Montaigne University Campus, Bordeaux.
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