Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Polos Kore (head)
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis
Summary: Face of a kore wearing a polos
Object Function: Votive?
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue: kore
Category: Single monument
Style: Late Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 500 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.275 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Late Archaic


Subject Description: A female face with a slightly smiling lips (an "Archaic smile"), horizontally aligned almond shaped eyes, and lightly arched brow, is crowned with a mass of hair comprised of waves that follow the shape of the forehead, a vertically crinkled taenia (headband), and a cylindrical crown, or polos.

Condition: Fragmentary

Condition Description: Comprised of two rejoined fragments (broken across the mouth), comprising the front of the head of a kore; the left side of the nose is chipped off; the face has a few dark adhesions, as does the polos, which is also chipped and slightly stained. Some red paint remains on the hair.

Material Description: Perhaps Pentelic, according to Brouskari

Other Notes: Athens, Acropolis 4170 (a plinth with feet) and other fragments found on the Acropolis have been attributed to this kore.

Sources Used: Brouskari 1974, 67, fig. 123

Other Bibliography: Richter 1968, 81 no. 126, figs. 405-10; Karouzos 1961, 17-18, 52E 13, 53; Schuchhardt 1959, 52; Langlotz & Schuchhardt 1943, no. 31; Langlotz in Langlotz & Schuchhardt 1939, 61-62 no. 20, pl. 29; Payne 1936, 39, pls. 82-83