Fig. 1 The
Kouros statuette |
Masterpiece of Minoan Art
The figure was composed of serpentine (hair), rock crystal (eyes),
and Egyptian blue (base), as well as gold (sandals, loincloth)
and dowelled pieces of ivory (body) ). It is called the 'Kouros'
because we believe it is linked to the Kouros of the later 'Hymn
to Zeus' , and like Greek Archaic statues, it drew on a millennia-long
sequence of Egyptian figures, who
stand stiffly with left foot forward.