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Anavysos Kouros

Date

530 BC

Provenance

Anavysos village, Attica

Material

Marble

Attribution

Unknown

Authenticity

Greek marble original

Subject Matter

Inscription shows it was a grave marker.

Anatomy

Defined cheekbones, more rounded muscles.

Eyebrows still follow curve of eyes.

Pointed shins.

Muscular back/spine.

Braided Egyptian hair – however now a bit shorter.

Realistic neck – not too long.

Pattern and Proportion

Head to body ratio 1:7.

Less symmetrical – can’t see collar bones.

Hair source of pattern.

Pose and Realism

Sentry box pose.

Archaic smile.

Less pattern/symmetry in muscles.

Emphasis on pattern switched to realism.

Drapery

Nude except from skull cap.

Emotion

Archaic smile suggests kouros is content with heroic death.

Emotion now connected with body/muscles.

Viewpoint

Designed to be viewed from all 4 angles.

Quadrifacial frontality.

Can’t see the muscles from the back – not just about hair style.


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