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Kouroi. Archaic greek youths. A study of: RICHTER, G.M.A.:
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. The Phaidon Press, 1960. xiv-342 pp., illustrated. Hard cover, without the dust jacket, previous owner’s inscription on endpaper. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 58334

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Kouroi - Archaic Greek Youths A Study: Richter, G.M.A.

Richter, G.M.A.

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Item Description: Phaidon Press Ltd., London, 1970. Quarto hardcover, 365pp., b&w illustrations. Light wear to board edges and corners; toned text block edges with spotting on upper edge; light scattered spotting on pastedowns and endpapers; scuffed dustwrapper with wear to edges, chipping and a few spots and water stain on head of spine. Very good and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. A kouros (plural kouroi) is the modern term given to those representations of male youths which first appear in the Archaic period in Greece. The term kouros, meaning (male) youth, was first proposed for what were previously thought to be depictions of Apollo by V. I. Leonardos in 1895 in relation to the youth from Keratea, and adopted by Lechat as a generic term for the standing male figure in 1904. Such statues are found across the Greek-speaking world, the preponderance of these were found in sanctuaries of Apollo with more than one hundred from the sanctuary of Apollo Ptoios, Boeotia, alone.These free-standing sculptures were typically marble, but also the form is rendered in limestone, wood, bronze, ivory and terracotta. They are typically life-sized, though early colossal examples are up to 3 meters tall. The kouros type appears to have served several functions. It is certain that it was used to represent the god Apollo, as attested by its depiction on a vase painting in the presence of suppliants, as does the description of the statue of the Pythian Apollo at Samos by Diodoros as "Egyptian works, with his arms hanging by his sides and his legs parted". However, not all kouroi are images of a deity; many have been discovered in cemeteries where they most likely served as commemorative tombstones of the deceased, also the type was used as a memorial for victors in the games (like trophies) (Pausanias describes the statue of Arrhichion, an Olympic pankratiast, as in the kouros scheme), and some kouroi have been found in sanctuaries other than that of Apollo. Indeed some kouroi placed in sanctuaries were not inscribed with the name of the god but with a mortal, for example the 'Delphi Twins' Kleobis and Biton were honoured for their piety with matching kouroi. A direct influence between Egyptian monumental sculpture (in particular the figure of Horus) and the kouros type has long been conjectured, not least of all because of known trade and cultural relations that had existed since the mid-seventh century. In this book the author has chosen for treatment about 200 kouroi, including the majority of extant stone and bronze statues and a selection of stone, bronze and terracotta statuettes. An anatomical analysis is provided for each kouros and the salient facts regarding its provenance, condition, material and dimensions. The kouroi have been divided into six groups, each composed of members showing the same degree of anatomical knowledge, and named thus; - Sounion, Orchomenos-Thera, Tenea-Volomandra, Melos, Anavysos-Ptoon 12 and Ptoon 20. 656 Illustrations in the second half of the book with a list of illustrations; museum index; list of kouroi with inscriptions; concordance and general index. Bookseller Inventory # 69019

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Published by Phaidon (1970)


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Item Description: Phaidon, 1970. Third Edition. A fine copy in a fine d.w. Bookseller Inventory # 14741

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