Kouros (youth)

Greek, East Greek
Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 030; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).


Height: 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.)

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On View

Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)


The Ancient World



The youth (Kouros) wears a long chlamys and pointed footgear. Probably he held a bow in his lowered right hand, an arrow in his left. He may represent the god Apollo, or a youth offering these objects to the divinity. The hair, tied with a fillet, is arranged in back in the long, pleated fashion of eastern kouroi. Smooth green patina. Slight brown encrustation.


By 1928: Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill Collection (said to have been acquired in Paris); by 1965: with Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW 1 (auction of Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill Collection, June 21-23, 1965, lot 473); purchased at Christie's auction, lot 473 by Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., April 13, 1966

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund