Marble statue of a kouros (youth)

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 590–580 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Marble, Naxian

Dimensions: H. without plinth 76 5/8 in. (194.6 cm); H. of head 12 in. (30.5 cm); length of face 8 7/8 in. (22.6 cm); shoulder width 20 5/16 in. (51.6 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.11.1

Description

This is one of the earliest marble statues of a human figure carved in Attica. The rigid stance, with the left leg forward and arms at the side, was derived from Egyptian art. The pose provided a clear, simple formula that was used by Greek sculptors throughout the sixth century B.C. In this early figure, almost abstract, geometric forms predominate; and anatomical details are rendered in beautiful analogous patterns. The statue marked the grave of a young Athenian aristocrat.

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