Siphnian Treasury Caryatid
The image shows one of the supporting columns belonging to the Siphnian Treasury, which is situated near the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. It is now on display at the Delphi Archaeological Museum.
The Treasury of the Siphnians was built around 525 BCE by the people of the city-state of Siphnos, which is also an island belonging to the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Note: The current English spelling of Siphnos is Sifnos.
The people of Siphnos accumulated wealth by mining silver and gold. They used a tithe (10%) of the profits gained from mining to build this monument. The purpose of this building was to house the votive offerings brought to Delphi by the people of Siphnos.
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