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Young Man (Kouros)

Culture Greek
Title Young Man (Kouros)
Date 600–500 BCE
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 3 9/16 × 1 1/2 × 1 3/16 in. (9 × 3.8 × 3 cm)
Overall: 3 9/16 × 1 1/2 × 1 3/16 in. (9 × 3.8 × 3 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 64.109.7

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About this Work

After the Geometric period, Greek pottery was influenced by Eastern cultures as it continued to develop. The black-figure technique became dominant; it was a method in which shapes were created as silhouettes. This allowed for a renewed exploration of the human form as well as a love for pattern and ornamental decoration. In both pottery painting and in the formation of sculpture, artists observed nature carefully but continued to utilize a geometric framework.

1964, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Harry C. Nail, Jr., San Francisco

unknown dates, Collection of Harry C. Nail, Jr. (1909–1990), Atherton, California (purchased from Mrs. L. Guy Blackmer, St. Louis) [1]

after 1961, Collection of Mrs. L. Guy Blackmer (Jane Cabell Wilkenson Blackmer, 1881–1971), St. Louis, Missouri (by descent) [2]

before 1961, Collection of Lucian Guy Blackmer (1881–1961), St. Louis, Missouri [3]


[1] Harry Craig Nail, Jr. was an art dealer.

[2] Noted on accession card (in registration files).

[3] A prominent name in St. Louis, Blackmer was a banker, industrialist, and member of the City Art Museum board (elected 1936). He was also an ardent collector, particularly of Chinese art.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

December 1967, "Master Bronzes from the Classical World," Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

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