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La Delicata Kore

Of all the Archaic korai from the Acropolis this is considered one of the most technically and aesthetically advanced. Rather than just being stuck to her head her hair flops realistically beside her eyes. The diagonal over garment, the himation, hangs with a subtle curve like real drapery, and is elaborately carved. The Archaic smile has all but gone from her face, which has character and grace. It also looks down slightly which along with her style of clothes are indications of the influence from the eastern Greek islands.

Remains of the coloured decoration, mostly green and red, are clearly visible on the original sculpture

Number: 
53
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Athens Acropolis Museum 674

Size: 
0.92m
References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 78 (n.9), pl. 23.4.
Schrader: Archaischen Marmorbildwerke des Akropolis (1939), 63-.
Payne & Young: Archaic Marble Sculpture from the Acropolis, 34-.
Dickins: Catalogue of the Acropolis Museum I, 213-.
Stewart: Greek Sculpture, 124, pls. 155-6
Karakasi: Archaic Korai (2003), 118

Date: 
505-500 BCE
Provenance: 

Acropolis Athens

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