Head of a victorious charioteer
Hand patinated reproduction. Mold made from a print of the original work exhibited in Delphi.
This statue is one of the most famous of the Greek archaism, one of the rare preserved bronzes of the Severe style, late 6th century BC.
The original is in the museum of Delphi; The group, horses, and grooms, was erected in the northwestern region of the sanctuary to commemorate the victory at the Pythian Games of the Sicilian tyrant Polyzalos of Gela in 474. Only the charioteer remains. The statue's excellent condition is explained by the fact that it was buried in 373, when the sanctuary was destroyed by an earthquake.
The heavy, fluted folds of the tunic correspond to the majestic immobility of the face with its firm features, whose solid chin, straight rectilinear ridges, and curls protruding from the band, recall the faces of the Severian style in Attica ceramics.
The chariot race event was then considered the most glorious and the most expensive. The tyrant's victory appeared as a political event.
Through the nobility of the face, whose inlaid colored stone eyes are astonishingly expressive, the victor's joyous pride is reflected.
- Dimensions :
- 35 x 19 x 22 cm
- Material of the original work :
- Artiste :
- Art movements :
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Antiquités gréco-romaines
- Museum of Conservation :
- Delphes, Musée des Antiquités