ARCHAIC KORE OF ACROPOLIS

Kore is the name given to a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age. There are multiple theories on who they represent, and as to whether they represent mortals or deities. One theory is that they represent Persephone, the daughter in the triad of the Mother Goddess cults or votary figures to attend the maiden goddess. Kouroi are the youthful male equivalent of Kore statues. They both show the restrained "archaic smile", but — unlike the nude kouroi — korai are depicted in thick drapery, ornate and very colorful and often have elaborate braided hairstyles. They also often have a much more relaxed and natural posture, sometimes with an extended arm. Some, but perhaps not all, korai were painted, with colorful drapery and their skin possessing a natural coloring. Such statues existed in many cities of Greece, but most important are the fourteen statues that were found east of the Parthenon in 1886 and called "the Korai of Acropolis". These statues were set particularly on round bases and were outdoor-exposed. When the Persians burned the Acropolis in 480 BC, they threw them from their bases, but some survived, and are hosted now in the Acropolis Museum. Some of them represented priestesses, while others were more simple, represented female figures and were dedicated to the goddess Athena. They have smiling faces, complicated hairdressing and island-type dressing, Ionic style, their left hands holding their chitonwhile their right hands are holding a flower, fruit or bird. The kores wore many colored jewels, indicating the brightness of their dressing. Thus they symbolized the elegant, dressy Athenian of the 6th century BC. This statue, as with all our other bronze items, are cast in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method, therefore each piece is unique. It was made in Greece, stands 77 centimeters high, 23 centimeters width, and weighs approximately 16 kg.

 

Details:

Condition: New, Handmade in Greece.

Material: Bronze

Height: 77cm (30")

Width: 23cm (9")

Weight: 16 kg

Please be aware that, due to the fact that our products are either individually cast, carved, painted and hand finished, there will inevitably be minor variations in size, colour and texture.(385)