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Front view of kouros
Sounion kouros

This monumental statue is one of the most imposing and impressive of the Archaic kouroi (naked youths). It is represented in the quintessential manner for his period: his left leg thrust forward, his straight arms close to his sides, and his clenched fists resting on his thighs. His hair forms a row of shell-like curls on the forehead and hangs in tresses down the back, where it is tied with a double ribbon in a Herakles knot. The anatomy is rendered in a highly stylized, almost decorative, way. This kouros was found with his base and plinth in a pit, which also contained fragments of other statues. They were dedicated to Poseidon and probably stood in front of his temple, where they were deposited after the destruction of the building and of its votive offerings by the Persians in 480 BC.

Exhibit Features
Date: Archaic period, 600 B.C.
Place of discovery: Sounio, Sounion, Sanctuary of Poseidon
Dimensions: length: 0,98 m (base), width: 0,80 m (base), height: 3,05 m, base height: 0,248 m
Material: Marble from Naxos
Inventory number: 2720
Exhibition hole: Exhibition hall 8
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
 
 
 
  Suggestive Bibliography
 
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Richter G., Kouroi. Archaic Greek Youths, London, 1960, . 42, . 33-39
 
.,  : , , 1983, . 28 ..
 
Bol P.C., Die Gesichte der Antiken Bildhauerkunst I, Fruhgriechische Plastik, Mainz, 2002, . 100, 102, 122-130, 133, 138, 143, 147, 158
 
V. rinkmann, Die olychromie der archaischen und fruhklassischen Skulptur, . 159, Mainz, 2003, .159,1
 
. eyer-. ruggemann, ore und uros. Weihegaben fur die Gotter, 169 . 180 . 14,1 170 . 181,1, Mainz, 2007