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Kouros statue, Samos Archaeological Museum, Vathi, Samos island, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Archaic kouros statue. Archaeological Museum, Vathi, Samos.
The over life-size statue stands in the passageway leading to the room in which the much larger "Isches Kouros" is displayed (see previous page). The scale of this sculpture can be more easily appreciated by comparing it to the size of the chair, on which a museum guard usually sits.

The charming figure attracts far less attention than its colossal cousin, and at the time this photo was taken there was not even a label describing it, just the number "23" on its base.

It has been reconstructed from fragments, and the torso and legs are obviously coloured (or stained with age) in reddish hues. The badly damaged and worn head, on the other hand, is very white, which makes on wonder if it is original or whether it belongs to the rest of the figure at all. The features of the face seem very soft and rounded, almost chubby.

So far we have found no literature about this head, and all the photos of kouros statues (apart from the "Isches Kouros") found during excavations on Samos show headless figures. As there is no label, and it too high to get a closer look at, it is difficult to say much more about it with certainty. However, it appears that the head is a plaster cast, perhaps of the head of a kouros, also from Samos, now in the Istanbul Museum (see photos below).


Samos Archaeological Museum

(Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Βαθέως Σάμου)

Opening times

Summer (1 April - 31 October):
Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00.
Monday closed.

Winter (1 November - 30 April):
Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-15:00.
Monday closed.

Admission 3 Euro; reduced tickets 2 Euro.

Tel: +30 2273 027 469

Website: www.odysseus.culture.gr

 
The archaic smile of a kouros statue, Samos, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Archaic smile
photos & articles:
© David John
 

The head of the smaller kouros in the Samos Archaeological Museum, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Head of the smaller kouros
in the Samos Museum.
 
The head of a kouros statue from Samos in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

Head of a kouros from Samos in the
Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Turkey.
6th century BC. Height 47 cm.

Inv. No. 1645 T. Cat. Mendel 530.
 
The smaller kouros statue in the Samos Archaeological Museum, Vathi, Samos island, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Still standing.
 
Other kouros statues on My Favourite Planet:

The colossal "Isches Kouros" from Samos and "The Ram-Carrier of Thasos":

Samos gallery page 4

A bronze kouros statuette in the Daedalic style in Delphi:

Daidalos page, MFP People section

Twin kouroi of "Kleobis and Biton" in Delphi:

Dioskouroi page, MFP People section
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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Samos
originally appeared in 2003-2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.


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