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Title: Putting Architectural Scuplture into its Archaeological Context
Subtitle: The Case of the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi
Author(s): SCOTT, Michael J.
Volume: 82 Issue: 2 Date: 2007
The ‘meaning’ of architectural sculpture has long held the fascination of scholars. In the absence of inscriptional or literary evidence, however, scholars have often also allowed how they read a sculpture’s message to define the process of its creation. Such a procedure is unsatisfactory, especially in arenas where the process of design and placement - both of the architectural sculpture and its framing edifice - are crucial to understanding how the sculpture, and the structure as a whole, relate to their context. In this paper, I argue for the benefits of an archaeologically orientated response to the question of sculpture’s design and placement, focusing on a re-interpretation of the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi.