The small museum
comprising one exhibition hall, was founded at the end of the 19th century by Konstantinos Kourouniotis, in order to
house some of the findings from the sanctuary of Despoina at Lykosoura
the excavation of the site and the construction of the museum were carried out under the auspices of the
Athens Archaeological Society
. The building was
renovated and its exhibition was reorganised in 1986-7 by the Ephor of Antiquities, Dr. Theodoros Spyropoulos.
The museum contains the following major categories of items:
Sculptures, inscriptions, marble and clay votive offerings from the sanctuary of Despoina at Lykosoura
Findings from the sanctuary of Lykaios Zeus
Various findings from the region of the Lykosoura sanctuary.
The most important exhibits of the museum are:
Parts of the sculptured group of Damophon
. It represented four local deities
on a pedestal; Demeter and Despoina in the middle and Artemis and Titan Anytos
at either ends. The other half of the group
is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens
Clay votive offerings
from the Megaron (Altar) of the sanctuary of Despoina. They include figurines or small plaques,
bearing representation of demons with donkey-like and ram-like heads. The same decoration is also found at the
veil of the marble statue of Despoina
which is supported by legs ending in lion like feet.
Marble votive lamp
(candelabrum) which was offered to the sanctuary of