Sculpture Saturday’s post this week presents more sculptures from the Greek Temple of Delphi, the Dancers of Delphi.

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Also known as the Acanthus Column, the sculptures, which stand nearly two meters (six feet) tall, were fixed atop a column 13 meters (43 ft) in height composed of five drums and a capital decorated with acanthus leaves.

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The sculptures depict  three female figures wearing short tunics and carrying baskets containing fruit, a symbol of abundance and fertility. Their bare feet are suspended in the air and their arms are raised. Thus creating the impression of dancing, which is how the sculpture gets its name.

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Fragments of the Dancers of Delphi were discovered in 1894. The Dancers of Delphi inspired Claude Debussy’s Prélude No. 1. Estimates of the time of the sculptures creation and placement at Delphi have varied, but the most recent theory places the date at around 330 BC. The sculptor is unknown.

The Dancers of Delphi are on display at the Delphi Archeological Museum. It must have been truly awe inspiring to see Delphi in its days of glory.

Sculpture Saturday is a challenge hosted by No Fixed Plans.

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