Lady of Auxerre (Kore of Auxerre)

Lady of Auxerre (Kore of Auxerre)

Date ca. 630 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Limetone

Height 24.5″

Provenance Gortyn, Crete

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris


Egyptian influence in this sculpture is clear—this kore stands with a static, frontal pose and wears stylized hair. Unlike the Egyptians, however, she is truly free-standing, not needing support at her back from her original stone; further, while some aspects of Egyptian sculpture were stylized, the Greeks go even further here, as evinced by this statue’s wide-eyed expression and heavily arched eyebrows.