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Siphnian Treasury at Delphi, Frieze

The friezes are not easy to read, but each side is a self-contained narrative. They show battle scenes of the gods and giants (north), the gods in deep discussion during the Trojan Wars (east) and the abduction of an unidentified woman (south). The reliefs are deep, almost in the round in places, but have names written at the sides of the figures, which was a convention in vase painting. As was usual at the time, the human figures and horses are out of scale with each other. The picture shows one slab with a battle scene

Location of Original: 


0.64 x 8.60 x 6.21m

Purchased 1922


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 69-, pl. 19
DelaCoste-Messelière: Au Musée de Delphes, 237-
Fouilles de Delphes IV: 1&2, 72-
Stewart: Greek Sculpture, 128, pls. 190-8
For missing slabs:
Fouilles de Delphes IV: pls. VII-VIII
Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique LI (1927): pls. VI-VII P&Q

c.525 BCE
Signed on a shield

Found on the Sacred Way at Delphi

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