Marble head of a kouros (youth), Marble, Greek

Marble head of a kouros (youth)

ca. 525–475 B.C.
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Owing to the worn surface, it is difficult to identify the figure as male or female. However, the hairstyle in which the hair on the nape of the neck is looped up over a band, the holes indicating the original existence of an added bronze band—probably a wreath—and the absence of earrings suggest a young man. The soft fullness of the physiognomy indicates an Island workshop in the northern Aegean Sea.
Zimmerman, Jean-Louis. 1987. Collection de la Fondation Thétis: Développements de l'Art Grec de la Préhistoire à Rome. p. 47, n88, Geneva: Editions du Tricorne.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1992. "One Hundred Twenty-second Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1991 through June 30, 1992." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 122: p. 37.

von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 11.