Head of Kore

Greek or Cypriote
Archaic Period
about 520 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 014; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 106 (additional published references).


Height x length (of face): 17.5 x 10 cm (6 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Characterized by a long face, oblique eyes, high cheekbones, and a crescent mouth, this head has been broken from a half life-sized statue, a standing figure of the type of the Acropolis Korai. Of the locks of hair, fourteen long ringlets terminate in spirals around the forehead, two strips of tresses divided into rectangles fall from behind the ears onto the front of each shoulder, and ten such strips hang down on the back of the neck and shoulders. The hair and lips were colored red. The flat circlet or stephane, fitting the contour of the head, and the phiale-shaped earings were blue.

The sculpture may be from Vouni.

The tip of the nose is missing, and parts of the hair are damaged slightly. Otherwise the pitted surface is in excellent condition, seemingly with traces of the original polychrome decoration. The color is now a very light yellow, with a grayish tinge.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (said to have been found at Sikyon); January 19, 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 74,100.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 04.6-04.37)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund