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Archaeological Museum of Tinos - Overview
The Archaeological Museum of Tinos was designed by Ch. Bouras and built in the early 1960's
at the instigation and expense of the the Athens Archaeological Society.
Its collections include:
Pottery, dating from the Mycenaean to the late Hellenistic/Roman period
Sculpture, dating from the Archaic to the Roman period
The most important items of the exhibition are:
- Large relief amphora with pointed base.
The central composition on the neck depicts a winged deity, seated on a throne, and other figures belonging to a mythological scene,
possibly the birth of Zeus, in an unknown iconographic variation. The decoration on the body is divided into zones with animals, chariots
and warriors. It was found in the sanctuary of Demeter at Xobourgo and dates from the 7th century BC. Inv. no. B67.
- Fragments of a large relief amphora found at Xobourgo.
The decoration, arranged in bands on the neck and shoulder, includes two facing figures, one male and one female, interpreted as
Theseus and Ariadne, and dancing men and women (possibly performing the "Geranos", the Crane dance of Theseus on Delos). Dated
to the 7th century BC. Inv. no. B63.
- Part of a relief panel, probably a metope, found at Xobourgo.
It represents a pair of winged horses driven by a female deity, possibly Artemis or Hera. Dated to the 7th century BC. Inv. no. B2.
- Lower part of a marble funerary stele, probably from Xobourgo.
A standing man is represented but only the legs are preserved. It is a characteristic specimen of Parian sculpture of the so-called "severe style". Inv. no. A 249.
- Funerary stele. It is restored from three parts and was originally crowned by a pediment. A naked youth, probably an athlete, is depicted almost in life-size,
seated on a low pillar. A significant example of late Classical insular Ionic art, presenting strong similarity to the Ilissos stele. Dated to the mid-4th century BC. Inv. no. A 248.
- Funerary stele.
Only the lower part is preserved, showing a youth facing his servant, and a round object, perhaps a discus, to the left. The work shows strong Attic-Ionic influence
and is reminiscent of the work of Lyssippos. Dated to ca. 330 BC. Inv. no. A 247.
- Marble torso and head from Kionia.
The statue represents a man wearing a breast-plate, and was probably the portrait of emperor Claudius. Dated to the 1st century AD. Inv. no. A184, A280.
- Marble statue of a Triton.
It is considered to be a pedimental statue or acroterion and part of a chariot drawn by four horses. It was found at Kionia and dates from the 2nd century BC. Inv. no. A197.
- Marble sundial from Kionia. The complicate apparatus shows the time, the equinoxes and the solstices. It was made by Andronicos of Kyrrhos, at the end of the 2nd
or the beginning of the 1st century BC. Inv. no. A139.
- Mosaic floor from the town of Tenos.
It is decorated with a geometric pattern framed by floral motifs.