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"Apollo" of Tenea

This kouros pre-dates most of the discoveries of similar Archaic figures made in Athens and other sites. Without a clear understanding of who or what these early Greek young male sculptures represented, art historians at the time generally named them all Apollo.

Kouroi found in temple sanctuaries may represent a god, or could symbolise the act of dedication to the gods, or may even depict the person making the offering. Others, found in burial grounds like this one, must surely represent not a god but the deceased person.

The Tenea kouros unusually is made from marble at a time when most Greek stone sculpture was in limestone

Number: 
17
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Munich Glyptothek 168

Size: 
1.53m
Accession: 

Purchased 9 Oct 1880 by the Fitzwilliam Museum, then transferred to the Museum in 1884

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 27 (no.12), pl. 5.2
Buschor, E: Frühgriechische Jünglinge, 49
Karo: Personality in Greek Archaic Art, 128-9
Richter: Kouroi, no.58
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 891, no.11
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 9, no.15

Date: 
c.560 BCE
Provenance: 

Discovered in 1846 at Tenea near Corinth

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