Treasury of the Siphnians / Trésor des Siphniens

(SD 122)

Restoration drawings of the Siphnian Treasury by Erik Hansen (1987)
Diphniens
Diphniens

bird's eye view with Treasury of Megara on the left. drawing Erik Hansen

perspective from East
perspective from East

drawing Erik Hansen

Remains of the Siphnian Treasury on the archaeological site
(most of the material is displayed in the museum)
Bastion, vue du Nord-Ouest
Bastion, vue du Nord-Ouest
Bastion, vue de l'Ouest
Bastion, vue de l'Ouest
Bastion, vu de l'Est
Bastion, vu de l'Est
Bastion, vue rapprochée
Bastion, vue rapprochée
Bastion, vue rapprochée
Bastion, vue rapprochée
Graphic restoration drawings of the Siphnian Treasury (then identified as "Cnidian treasury")
Albert Tournaire (1900)
façade
façade

drawing A. Tournaire

façades avant et latérale
façades avant et latérale

drawing Tournaire

​The Treasury had been dedicated to Apollo by the inhabitants of Siphnos, in order to thank the god for the discovery of Gold mines on the island.
The story has been transmitted by historian Herodotus and traveller Pausanias.
At the same time (around 525 BC), Siphnians suffered from attacks of the pirates from Samos.
This could explain the presence of caryatids and rosettes, two motifs which have funeral signification in ancient Greece.
Anyhow, it was one of the first buildings enterely made of marble, and maybe the most luxurious offering in Delphi.
Old photographs : cast and presentation in the older museums of Delphi and Louvre
reconstitution ancien musée
reconstitution ancien musée
vieux musée caryatide
vieux musée caryatide
Louvre
Louvre
Two pieces of the decorated cornice of the Treasury
rai-de-cœur (frise)
rai-de-cœur (frise)
larmier angulaire
larmier angulaire
larmier (ancien musée)
larmier (ancien musée)
larmier (sur le site)
larmier (sur le site)
Siphnos polychromie
Siphnos polychromie

drawing : E. Hansen

Siphnos architrave
Siphnos architrave

drawing E. Hansen

Polychromy of the different mouldings of the entablature (Erik Hansen)
Geison
(cornice)
kymation lesbique
egg-and-darts of the architrave
Caryatide et encadrement de la porte (musée de Delphes)
Caryatide et encadrement de la porte (musée de Delphes)
West side of the Treasury (E. Hansen)
pesée Dieux 1
pesée Dieux 1
pesée Dieux 2
pesée Dieux 2
pesée color 1
pesée color 1
pesée color 2
pesée color 2
pesée color 3
pesée color 3
assemblée des dieux
assemblée des dieux

drawing Erik Hansen

Pediment and frieze of the West side (rear)
frieze of the North side
Memnon color 2
Memnon color 2
Memnon color 1
Memnon color 1
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Memnon 01
Memnon 01
Memnon 02
Memnon 02
Memnon 05
Memnon 05
Memnon 04
Memnon 04
Gigantomachie, vue générale
Gigantomachie, vue générale
Gigantomachie
Gigantomachie
Gigantomachie, lion mordant un géant
Gigantomachie, lion mordant un géant
lion et géant, détail
lion et géant, détail
Gigantomachie Artemis et Apollon
Gigantomachie Artemis et Apollon
Gigantomachie Artemis et Apollon 1
Gigantomachie Artemis et Apollon 1
trois géants
trois géants
Ares contre des géants
Ares contre des géants
Siphnos quadrige
Siphnos quadrige
quadriga southern frieze
quadriga southern frieze
quadriga southern frieze
quadriga southern frieze
southern frieze with colors
southern frieze with colors
frieze of the South side
perspective frontale avec couleurs
perspective frontale avec couleurs
perspective avec couleurs
perspective avec couleurs

3D reconstruction of the treasury of the Siphnians. @2020. Model: John Goodinson. Scientific advisor: Professor Elena C. Partida.