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New York Kouros

Date

600-590 BC

Provenance

Attica

Material

Marble

Attribution

Unknown

Authenticity

Greek marble original

Subject Matter

Unknown due to lack of context. Possible grave marker/dedication to a god.

Anatomy

Bulgy eyes.

Long braided hair (gives pattern, Egyptian style).

No facial hair (fits for a young man).

Eyebrows follow curve of eyes.

Not realistic ears (volute like scrolls).

Impassive mouth.

Pattern and Proportion

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

Egyptian grid system used to sculpt it.

Proportion not realistic.

Focus on pattern and symmetry – thorax and groin, collar bones and pectorals.

Pose and Realism

Sentry box pose:

Head facing forwards.

Arms by side.

Fists clenched.

Left foot forward.

Drapery

Nude, apart from choker – draws attention to nudity.

Emotion

Generic. No character or emotion/personality.

Viewpoint

Designed to be viewed from 4 distinct angles:

Front: Pattern of anatomy

Back: Hairstyle

Sides: Space between legs shows animation

Quadrifacial frontality.


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