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Archaeological  Site of Palaikastro

THE PALAIKASTRO KOUROS
Discovery
The Palaikastro Kouros is a youthful male figure (fig. 1), carved in ivory and clad in gold by a sculptor with an extraordinary talent for naturalistic detail. Its broken and burnt fragments (fig. 4 a) lay scattered in Building 5, interpreted as a town sanctuary, and in the street outside (figs. 6a, c), just as they had fallen during the great fire destruction of the early 15th century B.C.


Fig. 6a The LM IB destruction in
the street outside Building 5




Fig. 6c View of the sanctuary area
after excavation


Fig. 4a Torso as found

Fig. 1 The Kouros statuette
A Masterpiece of Minoan Art
The figure was composed of serpentine (hair), rock crystal (eyes), wood
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.




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