A Greek terracotta bust of a Kore, Archaic, ca. 6th century BC


A Kore wearing a polos headdress atop her curled hair and large disc earrings. Her right arm raised.

27 cm (h) excluding base

Ex Petit Musée, Montreal, 1994
A Kore (plural Korai) is the modern term used for a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age. Korai are characterised by a distinguised Archaic smile and column-like posture, often one arm extended. The statues were shown with heavy drapery like the presented example. Over time, when fashion changed, with lighter garments.

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