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Peplos Kore

Date

540 – 530 BC

Provenance

Athenian Acropolis

Material

Marble

Attribution

Unknown

Authenticity

Greek marble original

Subject Matter

Possible dedication to a goddess – Athene or Artemis?

Young woman – possibly the daughter of an Athenian aristocrat.

Anatomy

Long braided red hair,

High “separated” breasts.

Eyes less bulgy than Berlin kore.

High prominent cheekbones.

Archaic smile affects facial muscles.

No bridge to the nose.

Pattern and Proportion

Head to body ratio 1:7.

1.17m smaller than life-size.

Elaborate patterning.

Hair arranged in symmetrical patterns.

Pose and Realism

Formal pose with feet together.

Left forearm made as a separate piece.

Drapery

Woollen peplos over a linen chiton.

Bronze brooches at shoulders.

Necklace and “crown” or head wreath.

Emotion

Smile more genuine.

Archaic smile.

Joyful, happy, content?


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