Collection: Thebes Archaeological Museum
Title: Kouros from Ptoon Sanctuary
Context: From Ptoon, near Thebes
Findspot: Found at Sanctuary of Ptoan Apollo, near Thebes (in 1903)
Summary: Standing nude male figure, with hands clenched at his sides
Object Function: Victory
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue: kouros
Category: Single monument
Style: High Archaic
Technique: In-the-round
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 560 BC - ca. 550 BC
Dimensions: H. 1.42 m
Scale: Slightly over life-size
Region: Boeotia
Period: High Archaic

Subject Description: This standing figure clenches both hands at his sides, and advances his left leg slightly. The musculature on the torso is carefully although implausibly articulated. The proportions of the torso and face are narrow. The hair falls slightly behind the shoulders, and flares out slightly. It is arranged in horizontal bands comprised of beads of hair.

Condition: Intact

Condition Description: This kouros is broken off just above each knee; the face has been shaved off, as have the phallos and the fingers of the left hand; the right hand is also chipped. The back of the right leg, from above the knee to the buttocks, has been restored. The surface is pitted and stained in patches.

Material Description: Bluish Boiotian marble

Sources Used: Thebes Guide 1981, 38-39 fig. 5; Richter 1970b, 64 no. 34, figs. 141-43

Other Bibliography: Karouzos 1934, 12 no. 1; Deonna 1909, no. 42; G. Mendel, BCH 31 (1907) 191 no. 2, figs. 2-4