ancient Greek sculptor of Messene, who executed many statues at Messene, Megalopolis, Aegium, and other cities of the Peloponnesus. Soon after 183 BC he repaired Phidias' sculpture of Zeus at Olympia, which had been damaged by an earthquake. Considerable fragments, including three colossal heads from a group sculpted by Damophon and representing Despoina, Demeter, Artemis, and the giant Anytus, were found on the site of Lycosura in Arcadia, where there was a temple of Despoina. The garment of Despoina is decorated with reliefs. A coin shows the statue with two figures standing, two seated.
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