Sphinx des Naxiens (SD 328)

ancienne reconstruction
ancienne reconstruction

dans le premier musée de Delphes

Sphinge_regard_droite
Sphinge_regard_droite
fondations du Sphinx
fondations du Sphinx
Sphinx des Naxiens chapiteau
Sphinx des Naxiens chapiteau
restitution Albert Tournaire
restitution Albert Tournaire
restitution Youri Fomine
restitution Youri Fomine

(Publication de P. Amandry)

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".

Sphinx de face 1
Sphinx de face 1
Sphinx de biais 2
Sphinx de biais 2
Sphinx de profil 1 HR
Sphinx de profil 1 HR
dessin Fomine/Laroche
dessin Fomine/Laroche
dessin de Le Corbusier 1911
dessin de Le Corbusier 1911
Dessin_Fomine_colorié
Dessin_Fomine_colorié
Réplique du sphinx
Réplique du sphinx

Ausonius univ. Bordeaux

sphinx copy in Bordeaux University
sphinx copy in Bordeaux University