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Naukratis: Statues

Painted limestone Greek statuette (kouros) of standing male figure wearing Egyptian type loincloth feet missing. The right arm is damaged.

Kouros is the ancient Greek term for a statue of a standing young man, generally depicted naked. It was used in Archaic Greece as both a dedication to the gods in sanctuaries and temples and as a tomb monument. The standard kouros stood with his left foot forward, arms at his sides and looking straight ahead. Kouroi belong to the earliest examples of monumental Greek sculpture. The similarity of these statues to Egyptian statues is striking. This close relation seems especially clear in this example, with kilt and hair in Egyptian style.

UC 16469, Greek kouros found at Naukratis UC 16469, Greek kouros found at Naukratis



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