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Dr. J's Illustrated Museum of Delphi

north24MID.jpg (4733 bytes) The Charioteer (Severe Style, about 470 BC). One of the most famous bronzes of antiquity, this piece of a large votive offering (the chariot and horses are lost) was dedicated by the Tyrant of Gela to commemorate a chariot-race win at the 478 BC Pythian Games.
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Detail of The Charioteer: note the winner's fillet bound about his head, and the hair plastered by sweat. The eyes are made of white enamel and semi-precious stones, the eyelashes of fine bronze wire, and rumor has it that his teeth are of silver!

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Two bigger-than-lifesize archaic kouroi thought to be the statues of young Kleobis and Biton dedicated by the Argives as displayed in the Delphi Museum. These two paradigms of filial love hitched themselves to a cart to ferry their mother to worship at the Argive Heraion. Their mother prayed to Hera for a suitable reward and Hera arranged that they should die in their sleep at this, their greatest moment of glory. For the whole story see Herodotus 1.31.
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