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Image of 'Striding Young Man (Kouros).'

Striding Young Man (Kouros)

Cypriote art was influenced by many different cultures because of the island's position at the "crossroads" of the eastern Mediterranean; however, it also developed its own distinctive characteristics. This limestone statuette is similar in form to the Greek kouros (a statue of a standing nude youth popular during the Archaic period), but the figure wears an unusual form of a cloak that is open in the front. This type of clothing—as well as its bright red color—may reflect a local tradition. The statuette was probably made as a votive offering.

Striding Young Man (Kouros)
ca. 500–450 BC
Limestone, paint
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm), W. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, V. G. Simkhovitch Collection, 63.105.113