Saturday, November 6, 2010

National Archaeological Museum of Athens: Part 1

One of the first displays that a visitor sees at the National Archeological Museum are kouri.
The kouri are statues of naked youth that were made starting in the second half of the 7th century BC. These heroic statues, usually with the left leg forward and arms at the side, were often found at sacred sites as offerings to the gods and were found on graves as memorials of the dead, recalling the person’s past youthfulness of power.

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