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Berlin Kore


Date

570-560 BC

Provenance

Attica

Material

Marble

Attribution

Unknown

Authenticity

Greek marble original

Subject Matter

Grave marker – holding a pomegranate.

Anatomy

Elaborate braided hair.

Bulgy eyes.

Archaic smile.

Smile does not affect facial muscles.

Long neck – graceful/elegant.

Rather flat chested but curvaceous hips.

Pattern and Proportion

1.93m (6ft) life-size.

Head to body ratio 1:6, should be 1:7.

Braided hair, pattern on neck line and down centre of skirt.

Symmetrical drapery folds.

U shaped folds at back.

Pose and Realism

Legs together, feet slightly apart.

Right arm bent at elbow.

Hands are at different heights – breaks symmetry.

Drapery

Conceals rather than reveals.

Chiton and mantle (shawl).

Jewellery – choker, bangles, earrings.

Emotion

Archaic smile – smug, content?

Smile raises cheekbones.

Wealthy, aristocratic, aloof?


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