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Late Kouros whose base is inscribed "of Aristodikos"

It exhibits a smaller head than earlier kouros, the half-height of the body
is set at the crotch line, and the anatomy is refined to accurately describe muscle groups and bone structure under the skin.
The statue seems to take a step forward but the immobility of the rigid pelvis and spine
do not allow for the illusion of movement. The arms are detached from the body.
With the "Aristodikos" Kouros the Greek artist is one step closer to the classical ideal where the body is understood as a system of actions and reactions of the different elements.

Marble, 1.95 tall, c. 510-500 BCE (National Archaeological Museum of Athens)


Aristodikos Kouros