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".

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