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Head of a kouros (youth)

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The two rows of spiral curls around the forehead and temple are the chief characteristic of the head, but the incised eyebrow, the beautifully proportioned eye, and the delicate corner of the mouth are also striking. The surface of the skull is left rough, showing marks of the claw chisel. At...

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By 1924: with Brummer Gallery, Inc., 55 East 57th Street, New York (acquired in Paris in 1924 and said to have been found near Athens in 1922); purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., May 3, 1934, for $ 3,800.00

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Archaic Period, about 530–525 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Athens, Attica, Greece

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 013; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references).


Height: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, probably from the Greek island of Paros (J. Herrmann 30 Jan 04). "Greek, from the Attic mainland", according to Comstock and Vermeule. G. M. A. Richter states "Island marble," which has been shown to be Paros II in many cases


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