New York Kouros (Youth)

New York Kouros (Youth)

Date ca. 600-590 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Marble

Height 6’1.5″

Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Like the Lady of Auxerre, the New York Kouros recalls sculptures of the Old Kingdom Pharaohs, with a rigid stance and intimidating frontally. Unlike the Egyptian kings, however, the musculature of this kouros is hardly defined, and appears to have just been etched into the stone; also like the kore, the statue here bears massive eyes, accentuated by stark eyebrows to give a piercing gaze; together, they make some of the earliest known free-standing sculptures.