- Siphnian Treasury. Drawing: After A.F.Stewart, Greek
The Treasury was built at Delphi by the people of Siphnos,
sometime before 525 BC, after a lucky strike of silver on their island.
The porch is supported by Caryatids (figures of women), and there are
friezes on all sides.
Aerial view of Delphi. Photo : M.Maass, Das Antike Delphi
The friezes show: the war of the gods and Giants; the
Judgement of Paris; the gods and a duel at Troy; a procession. The east
pediment shows the struggle between Apollo and Herakles for the Delphic
tripod. The quality of the carving makes this an important monument
for the dating of Archaic Greek sculpture.