Height: 101.000 cm
GR 1864.2-20.1 (Sculpture B 475)
Room 15: Athens and Lycia
The Strangford Apollo
Greek, about 500-490
Said to be from the island of Anáfi, Cyclades, Aegean Sea
Marble statue of a youth standing in the conventional pose of a kouros
Kouros in Greek means simply 'youth'. It is a term used to describe a type of statue of a male figure produced in marble during the Archaic period of Greek art (about 600-480 BC). Such statues can be colossal (that is larger than life) or less than life size. They all have a conventional pose, where the head and body can be divided equally by a central line, and the legs are parted with the weight placed equally front and back.
The mouth is
invariably fixed in a smile, which is probably a symbolic
expression of the arete
('excellence') of the person represented. It used
to be thought that all
kouroi were intended as
representations of the god
This less than life-sized statue (about 1 metre tall) was carved towards the end of the Archaic period, when the conventional smile was replaced by a solemn pout, the facial expression of classical sculpture. There is still a hint of a smile here, and this youth wears his hair long in the archaic manner, braided around the back and in a formal arrangement of curls at the front.
The figure is known as the Strangford Apollo after a previous owner, the sixth Viscount Strangford.
G.M.A. Richter, Kouroi: Archaic Greek youths, 3rd ed. (London and New York, Phaidon, 1970)