Kore in Ionian Dress, Athens, Greece, 520-510 BCE

Another example of an Archaic kore is the kore in Ionian dress.

According to Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, by the late sixth century BCE, the light linen Ionian chiton, worn in conjunction with a heavier himation (mantle), was the garment of choice for fashionable women. Archaic sculptors often sculpted women wearing such clothing. In the kore in Ionian dress above, the curved, asymmetrical lines formed by the folds of the drapes greatly relieves the strict frontality and verticality of the kore. The skills of the artist are evident in the details of the clothing and the statue looks more naturalistic and realistic. In this sculpture, the kore lifts her chiton in her left hand as she takes a slight step forward. This stance was very popular in female statues, like the “left foot forward” stance in male Archaic statues. Like many statues in this style, the kore displays the characteristic Archaic smile, indicating life.

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