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Statue Of A Youth (Kouros): The So-Called Kleobis

Date early 20th century (plaster cast), 590-580 BC (original)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster

206 x 65 x 69 cm

Inventory number Ag.365
Collection Classical Antiquites - Plaster casts
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), The Archaic Period of Greek Sculpture (650–480 BC): Kore and Kouros Figures, Gallery II

The large statue of the youth is nude, but wears boots, which is quite unusual. The body is stout and muscular, it is quite different from the works of Athenian sculptors. According to the inscription on the base, it was made by Polymedes, a sculptor from Argos. It was found together with another, very similar kouros statue: the two must depict brothers. They may represent the Dioscouri, the sons of Zeus, it is also possible, however, that they show two mortal brothers from Argos, Kleobis and Biton, whose story was recorded by the historian Herodotus in the fifth century BC. The head and the right hand of the plaster cast are lost.


Hekler, Antal, Az antik gipszgyűjtemény I-II., Budapest, 1919-1920, 1923, no. no. 41.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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