|Collection:||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Title:||Bronze Statuette of a Kouros|
|Context:||Probably from Olympia|
|Findspot:||Said to be from Olympia|
|Summary:||Standing youth with hands held forward and left leg advanced|
|Sculpture Type:||Free-standing statue: kouros|
|Original or Copy:||Original|
|Date:||ca. 540 BC|
H 0.166 m
A nude youth stands on a rectangular base with his left foot advanced sightly. He bends both arms, and raises his forearms slightly: he probably held an attribute in each clenched fist, at least the left hand, in which an attachment hole is evident. Some attempt has been made to represent musculature on the front of the torso. The overly large head, with carefully articulated facial features, is enclosed in a thick mass of hair, comprised of individualized locks that terminate just below the shoulders (on the back). A taenia ( hairband) is indicated by a ridge that extends beyond the surface of the hair, like a diadem.
Form & Style:
Payne suggested that this figurine may have been created in a Peloponnesian bronze-working center, perhaps Corinth, and Langlotz connected this with the Kleonai workshop.
The rectangular base has two holes at opposite corners, presumably for fastening the figurine to another base, made of a different material.
Figure complete except for the attributess originally held in the hands. Surface in very good condition; brownish patina, with blue and green incrustations.
Collection History: E.P. Warren Collection. Acquired by the MFA in 1903.