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Kore from the Acropolis

This marble figure was found, along with many other korai and kouroi, in a pit west of the Erechtheum on the Acropolis at Athens. They originally stood nearby in the open, around the Acropolis and other temples; there are traces on the top of her head of a meniskos, a little umbrella to protect her from birds and the weather.

She wears a chiton, the lower garment with the wavy folds, under a heavy shawl-like epiblema. On her head is a curved tiara called a stephane. As was usual on korai the arms were carved separately and fitted in to sockets in the body. Most Archaic female standing figures were quite small, but this is one of the very few larger than life

Location of Original: 

Athens Acropolis Museum 671


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 78 (n.4), pl. 20.2
Schrader: Archaischen Marmorbildwerke des Akropolis (1939), 56-
Payne & Young: Archaic Marble Sculpture from the Acropolis, 70, pl. 42.2-3, pl. 43.1
Richter: Korai, 70
Dickins: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum I, 207-9
Karakasi: Archaic Korai (2003), 117

c.520 BCE

Found west of the Erechtheum, Acropolis, Athens

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