Delphi: Naxian Sphinx

Naxian Sphinx on display at the Delphi Archaeological Museum, Delphi, Greece

Naxian Sphinx on display at the Delphi Archaeological Museum

Naxian Sphinx
The Naxian Sphinx statue shown in the image once stood on a free-standing tall Ionic column located below the Polygonal Wall on the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. It was constructed in 560 BCE and was made from Naxian marble. The column that the statue stood was 12m high and was an imposing sight at that time.

The Naxian Sphinx statue was a votive offering at the Temple of Apollo by the people of Naxos, an island belonging to the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.

Naxian Sphinx is a statue of the mythical creature that has the head of a woman, body of a lion and wings of an eagle. In ancient times, sphinxes were considered guardians of tombs and sanctuaries. 

See the front view of the statue.

Related Pages
Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Greek Islands, Greece
Crete, Minoan Civilization, Mycenaean Civilization

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