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The Archaeological Museum of Delos () is a museum on the island of Delos, near Mykonos in the South Aegean, Greece. It is noted for its extensive collection of statues unearthed in the surrounding area of the ancient site, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the museum has a considerable collection, it does not contain all of the items found in Delos: a large quantity are on display in Athens at the National Archaeological Museum.

History

(File:Exterior del Museu Arqueològic de Delos.JPG|thumb|Exterior view of the museum.)In 1872, the French School at Athens began excavating on Delos, in a project on a massive scale, which is still ongoing today.BOOK, Bromiley, Geoffrey William,weblink International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: A-D, 1, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 256, 1979, 0-8028-3785-9, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="archive.is/20070502155503weblink">weblink yes, May 2, 2007, The Archaeological Site of Delos, Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, October 13, 2009, As the collection accumulated, the museum was built on-site in 1904 by the Archaeological Society of Athens to accommodate the archaeological discoveries.WEB,weblink Delos Archaeological Museum : Information about the Archaeological Museum on Delos, Greeka.com, October 2, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091110174212weblink">weblink 10 November 2009, no, Its original five rooms went underwent expansion in 1931 and then again in 1972 to nine rooms.WEB
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Displays

File:Delos Dionysos.jpg|thumb|Silenus, the tutor of DionysosDionysosThe museum's notable collection of funerary statues and grave stelae ranging from the 7th to the 1st century BC form the bulk of the collection. Its ancient pottery collection dates from the 25th to the 1st century BC, while the clay figurines, jewellery and mosaics conserved in the museum date back to the 2nd-1st centuries BC.WEB,weblink Archaeological Museum of Dios:Description, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, October 2, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090909100315weblink">weblink September 9, 2009, Six rooms contain the statues and reliefs found in Delos;,two rooms contain the pottery and another room contains items used in everyday life in ancient Greece.Of major note is an ivory plaque which dates to 1400-1200 BC that depicts a Mycenaean soldier clad with a helmet made from wild boar teeth with defensive shield and spear.WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Ivory Plaque, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009, It was discovered at Artemision along with other gold, ivory and bronze items. The museum has a 5th-century marble statue of Boreas which portrays the infamous kidnapping of the Athenian princess Oreitheia and marble statues of Dioskourides and his wife Kleopatra, who lived on Delos island. The statues, which were unearthed at their former residence, date from 138 BC, according to the inscription on the base, which indicates they were erected by Cleopatra in order to honour her husband, who dedicated two silver tripods to the temple of Apollo.WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Dioscourides and Cleopatra, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009, The marble statue of Apollo after a Praxitelean model depicts the god inclining on a tree and striding on a bundle of Gallic shields and is believed to date back to the 2nd century BC. A bearded bronze mask of Dionysos that depicts the god wearing a crown and an ivy garland was discovered at the Market of the Competaliasts and is believed to date to the same period as the Apollo.The Delos Archaeological Museum also contains the torso of a kouros of the 6th century BC, and an inscribed triangular base of another kouros statue found in the Sanctuary of Apollo dated to the 7th century BC; it is decorated with the head of a ram on one corner and gorgon's heads on the other two. The inscription engraved on one side says: "Euthycartides the Naxian made me and dedicated me".WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Base of a Kouros statue, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009, There is a set of large lion statues which are originals; of those reproduced outside on the Delos site. There is a Corinthian alabastron, which is a small, perfumed oil container with an artistic depiction of Potnia Theron, the lady of the beasts and protectress of hunting, among two swans.WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Corinthian alabastron, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009, It was discovered in the Heraion along with similar Corinthian vases dating to the end of the 7th century BC. The Delos Archaeological Museum also has an archaic statue of a woman, found in the Sanctuary of Apollo dated to 580 BC.WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Statue of a young woman, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009, The statue represents a young woman standing, dressed in a tight peplos decorated in front with an incised vertical double meander. There is also a valuable fresco taken from the exterior wall of a house in the Skardana Quarter, depicting Heracles, two boxers and a man playing a flute or trumpet. The inscription which says "Kalamodrya" is believed to refer to the prominent boxer of the 1st century BC.WEB,weblink Mykonos:Archaeological Museum - Wall painting, Travel-to-Mykonos, October 2, 2009,

Gallery

Delos M 0502297.jpg|Alabastron, Artemis with swans, find from Heraion. Corinthian production, 620-600 BC.Delos M Delm022.jpg|Melian amphora from the sanctuary of Zeus at the top Kynthos, 620-600 BCFile:Delos Museum 3119.jpg|Herakles fighting the three-bodied Geryon. Attic lekythos, end of 6th century BCKore 580 BC Museum Delos A4062 Zde102099.jpg|Kore with peplos, Parian work, 580 BC. Found in the Temple of Apollo at Delos.Kouros, 550 BC, Delos, A 1742, 143395.jpg|Kouros, Naxian work, marble, circa 550 BC. Found on Delos.Kouros 1020892.jpg|Kouros, Naxian work, torso, circa 550 BC. Found on Delos.File:Lleons de Naxos al museu arqueològic de Delos.JPG|Lion statues. Naxian work, 620-600 BC. Finds from the Lion terrace on Delos.Statue, Boreas kidnaps, marble 421-417 BC, Delos, A04287, A4279, A4280, 143420.jpg|Boreas kidnaps Oreithya. Central akroterion of the Athenians Temple of Apollo on Delos. Athenians work, 421-417 BC.Bronze relief Artemis 210 BC Museum Delos A1719 130081.jpg|Bronze relief at votive stele Artemis with two satyrs preparing sacrofice, 225-200 BC.Delos Museum Relief Hermes Athene Apollon Artemis 01.jpg| Hermes, Athena, Apollo. Relief from the House near lake on Delos, 2nd century BC, archaizinf style. Head man Roman Museum Delos A2136 Zde102182.jpg|Head of the old man, from the Palaistra near the lake, end of 2. century BC.File:Mosaic from the Insula of the Jewellery 04.jpg|Mosaic from the Insula of the JewelleryFile:Mosaïc_in_Delos.jpg|Mosaic depicting King Lycurgus of Thrace killing Ambrosia (2nd BC)File:GR-delos-mosaik-haus-masken.jpg|Mosaic from the House of the MasksFile:Detall del fresc de la façana de la casa a l'oest de la casa del Turó. Dos lluitadors i un trompeters, segle II-I aC. Museu Arqueològic de Delos.JPG|Fresco depicting ancient boxersMural painting Symposium, Delos, 143464.jpg|Preparing for Dionysiacal symposium. Mural painting from Delos, ca 100 BC.Stone fallos inscriptio Museum Delos A1927, 143477.jpg| Larger stone fallos with the votive inscription.Dishes Roman Museum Delos Zde130085.jpg|Dishes, Roman Age.

See also

  • Delos -details of the heritage site

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