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Blond Boy

The turn and tilt of this head raises questions about what the statue from which it came looked like. It may be that the statue had one arm raised, and it may have represented a victorious athlete, especially as bronze statuettes of athletes in similar poses and dating from the same time have been found on the Acropolis.

Some scholars have noted a resemblance between the Blond Boy and the faces of the Euthidikos Kore and the huge Apollo from the Olympia pediment. The hair, which is carved with asymmetric details, had clear traces of yellow ochre on it when excavated, hence the name

Location of Original: 

Athens Acropolis Museum 689


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 119 (n.8), pl. 48.1
Schrader: Archaischen Marmorbildwerke des Akropolis (1939), 197-
Payne & Young: Archaic Marble Sculpture from the Acropolis, 45-
Dickins: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum I, 248-
For fragment thought by some to belong, see Bieber, M: Athenische Mittheilungen XXXVII (1912), 151-, pls. IX-X
Hurwit: The Athenian Acropolis (1999), 147

c.480 BCE

Found on the Acropolis, Athens

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