|Collection:||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Findspot:||Found at Thebes (perhaps the Ismenion)|
|Summary:||Standing belted male, with an inscription on his right leg|
|Sculpture Type:||Free-standing statue: kouros|
|Original or Copy:||Original|
|Date:||ca. 700 BC|
|Dimensions:||H. 0.203 m|
Subject Description: Slender abstracted male figure, perhaps representing Apollo, with a broad belt at the cinched waist, broad shoulders, and a long neck. The hair, reminiscent of the Daedalic style, is arranged in thick locks (two over each shoulder, and five on the back) incised with closely spaced diagonal lines. The surface on the crown seems to be smooth except for an incised line down the center part and incised bands around the crown: this seems to indicate a close-fitting helmet or leather cap. Some incised lines on the torso seem to indicate musculature or perhaps a cuirass. Attributes, such as a weapon in the upraised left hand, are now missing.
Form & Style:
An attachment hole in the left hand indicates that the figure may have held a bow (in the figure is interpreted as Apollo) or a spear (if interpreted a warrior). According to the latter interpretation, the warrior may have also carried a shield on his (now missing) right arm. There is also an attachment hole in the forehead, and other marks, for attachment on the top of the head, indicate that a wreath or a helmet (or part of a helmet) made of a different metal is now missing.
The style of this elongated kouros, which indicates attention to human proportion, exemplifies the height of Early (or Proto-Archaic) sculpture.
Condition Description: Preserved from the knees up, except the right arm and attributes, which are missing. The eyes, which were made of another material and inset, are also lost. Green patina on surface; some encrustations.
Inscription: On the front thighs are inscribed, in archaic Boiotian characters, the following two hexameters:
Collection History: Formerly in the E.P. Warren and Tyszkiewicz Collections; acquired by the MFA in 1903.
Other Bibliography: N. Papalexendrou,
AJA 101 (1997) 345-46; Donderer, JOAI 65 (1996) 92;