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Permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Delphi

Charioteer of Delphi
The Charioteer

This bronze masterpiece is the most renowned of the Delphic votive offerings. The young charioteer stands on his chariot, moments after his victory. He wears the distinctive charioteers' long chiton, belted up high and held tight by bands to prevent it from billowing and flapping in the wind. Below the belt, the chiton falls in straight pleats, which convey the shape of a Doric column. The pleats above the belt form oblique and curved patterns. A band inlaid with a silver meander, which symbolizes the charioteer's victory, is fastened around his head. His expressive eyes, made of glass and semi-precious stone, convey a sense of power and self-confidence. The statue was part of a larger monument, which included a four-horse chariot and a second male figure. It was offered by Polyzalos, tyrant of Gela, after his victory at a chariot race of the Pythian games. Cast in the 'lost wax' technique, it is a characteristic example of the Severe Style of Classical Greek art. It is considered to be the work of a great artist, possible of Pythagoras of Regio.

Inscription:   -----Π ]ΟΛΥΖΑΛΟΣ Μ ΑΝΕΘΗΚ[ΕΝ---Ι---] -]
Exhibit Features
Date: Classical period, 478 - 474 BC
Place of discovery: Delphi, north of the temple of Apollon
Dimensions: height: 1,82 m
Material: Copper
Inventory number: 3484, 3520, 3540
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Pouilloux J., Les inscriptions de la terrasse du temple et la region nord du sanctuaire FD III 4, Παρίσι, 1976, 120 - 6, no 452
Other views
Upper part of the Charioteer
The head of the Charioteer