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GT1606

A large Greek Terracotta Statue of Kore, Archaic Period, ca 5th century BC

Of natural buff terracotta, the goddess with large almond-shaped eyes and serene archaic smile, wearing a long himation and a round polos over long hair that frames her face and falls gently over her shoulders, her fisted right hand raised to her breast and holding the edge of her dress with the left, shown standing on an integral square base.

Kore were popular in Archaic Greek sculpture, and are the female counterpart to the male kouros. Korai are freestanding statues and always represent young women. Their upper body posutre can differ, usually in a relaxed pose with the position of the arms varying. Their iconography is unknown, but believed to be symbolic of the goddess Persephone.

Dimensions:  Height: 9 1/4" (23.5 cm), Width: 1 3/4"  (1.5 cm)

Condition:  Expected minor nicks and scratches overall, with hairline crack running the length of the skirt near the left arm, scattered areas of brown encrustation and general light surface weathering, intact and in good condition overall mounted on custom tiered lucite base.

Provenance:  NYC private collection, acquired prior to 1970, and then by descent.

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