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Head of a Kore

Archaic head from a small but full-length female figure.

This small head is all that remains of one of the many sculptures destroyed in the Persian raids on Athens in 480 BCE. It was found in two parts, of different types of marble — probably the result of an ancient repair.

Stylistically, its fine quality has led to speculation that it is by the same sculptor as the Rayet Head, whose name may have been Endoios. It has holes on the brow for the attachment of metal adornments, and has a socket in the top of the head for a protector against birds and the weather, a meniskos

Location of Original: 

Athens, Acropolis Museum 643


Purchased from the National Archeological Museum, Athens, in 1969


Payne & Young: Archaic Marble Sculpture from the Acropolis, 37
Richter: Korai, no.128

c.510 BCE

Found on the Acropolis, Athens

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