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Charioteer of Delphi

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Origin and location of the original for the replica of the bronze sculpture in museum quality

The Charioteer of Delphi is a 1.80 metre high original bronze statue from ancient Greece. It was found in 1896 in the Apollo sanctuary of Delphi and is now in the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. The statue, part of a group of statues, was buried by a landslide in 373 AD and thus preserved for posterity. According to the dedication, Polyzalos of Gela is the founder of the statue. It was created by the sculptor Sotades around 474 BC in the so-called austere style of the early Greek Classical period.


The statue represents a charioteer in the ephebic age, wearing a long robe girded under the chest, the so-called xystis of the charioteers. A headband decorated with crenellated meanders and crosses adorns the head, which is turned slightly to the right. The remains of the reins for a team of horses can still be seen in the right hand, of which some horse and chariot parts have been preserved.


Although the reconstruction of the team and the positioning of the horses are disputed, it is assumed that the group comprised at least four horses and probably two horse drivers. This statue is one of the few surviving examples in which the coloured glass flux inlays in the eyes have been preserved. We offer this antique bronze sculpture in museum quality in our online shop. You are buying a unique piece in its original size that has been personally made for you. The replica of the bronze sculpture is based on a plaster cast of the original statue made before 1914 in the Archaeological Museum of Delphi.


Historical relevance, trivia

The Charioteer of Delphi is one of the nine original surviving large Greek bronzes, which gives it a fundamental and unique significance. This bronze statue radiates the wonderful, authentic glow of ancient Greece with impressive emotional intensity.


The other eight surviving Greek bronze statues are the Artemision Bronze, the Boxer at Rest, the Hellenistic Prince, the Jockey of Artemision, the Riace Bronzes Riace A and Riace B, the Marathon Boy and the Croatian Apoxyomenos. Other Greek masterpieces are either unknown or have only survived through their Roman marble copies.


The discovery of the statue in 1896 was a worldwide sensation. In 1909, the designers Henriette Negrin and Mariano Fortuny created the ‘Delphos dress’, which was made possible by their specially developed pleating technique for silk. The dresses were produced until 1950. Today they are exhibited as works of art in numerous museums.


Antique sculpture. Cast bronze in museum quality. Chiselling

The bronze sculpture is recast using the traditional lost wax technique as a High-quality bronze casting. The basis for the negative mould required for this is a plaster cast of the original Delphic bronze. This plaster cast comes from the plaster cast collection of the University of Hamburg. Before 1914, the left arm missing from the original bronze was added to the statue and the reins were not depicted. Apart from these two details, the finished bronze sculpture therefore corresponds to the original in Delphi at the time of the pre-1914 plaster cast.


The fine headband and the hair on the head of Delphi’s charioteer are chiselled after casting. This is an art in itself and is done by hand using elaborate chiselling irons, chisels, files, scrapers and grinding and polishing tools.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the statues shown here. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.


Patinating the statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that closely matches the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.


Individualisation of the statue

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.


Buying your very own personal legacy, a replica of an antique bronze sculpture

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless memories that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, you are buying an imperishable symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there with this museum-quality bronze replica.


Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two cultures for over a millennium.


Advanced civilisations. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity. The statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements in the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome.


Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. In our online shop you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of antique sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Charioteer of Delphi
Item No.S04
MaterialBronze cast
height180 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT