Torso of a Kouros

Torso of a Kouros

c. 550 BC


Overall: 62.5 cm (24 5/8 in.)

Weight: 70.76 kg (156 lbs.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.125


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In antiquity, brightly colored paint would probably have rendered this kouros more lifelike.


Known as a kouros, the ancient Greek word for a youth, this fragmentary statue belongs to a relatively rare type of large-scale stone sculpture made for little more than a century—shortly before 600 BC to soon after 500 BC. A nude youth standing with arms to the sides and one foot slightly advanced, the type probably originated under Egyptian influence, but then developed along entirely Greek lines. Found in sanctuaries as well as cemeteries across the ancient Greek world, kouroi may represent gods—especially Apollo—as well as mortals. Although incomplete, this kouros retains much of its beautifully finished and patterned surface.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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