Western Greece, Archaic period, 600 BCE. A mold-made kore, a standing woman wearing draped garments. She faces forward, wearing a large conical headdress, with some details of the face remaining. She has an "Archaic smile" and long plaits of hair hang down over her shoulders. Her arms are down at her sides. At one point, she was probably brightly painted. It is not known if she represents a deity - perhaps Persephone - or a human woman, but monumental finds indicate that kore were common sights, both in public and private, for the Archaic Greeks. Size: 2.7" W x 8.7" H (6.9 cm x 22.1 cm); 9.25" H (23.5 cm) on included custom stand.
By the seventh century BCE, Greek art began to evolve from its embrace of geometric patterning, which was favored between approximately 1050 and 700 BCE, to a desire to create more naturalistic representations of the human figure. Most famous are the freestanding sculptures of two main types, the male standing youth known as a kouros, and the draped standing female kore. The earliest examples demonstrate an Egyptian influence in both pose and proportions, but over time sculptors created even more lifelike representations. These were placed in sanctuaries as well as cemeteries and served as grave markers and dedications to the deities.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Repaired at neck with some small areas of restoration. Bottom of foot is lost, and integrated into the custom stand made for the figure. Nice deposits on surface with strong remaining detail.