The Berlin kore from Attica, dating to ca 570-560 BCE (early 6th century)

A kore is an Archaic style statue of a female.


Significant features of Archaic art include:

  • reliance on schemata (e.g., stance),
  • impulse for pattern (e.g., draping of garment, stylized hair),
  • domination of surface and plane (rigidly frontal, quadrilateral like the original block of stone),
  • linearity (lines isolate each part within the form, principal features defined by sharp ridges and shallow grooves),
  • ornamentality (less here than elsewhere, but notice detail on front of robe)
  • explicitness and impassivity (e.g., the archaic smile).


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