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The ‘Twins’ of Argos – Photo Gallery

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The ‘Twins’ of Argos – Photo Gallery

This pair of identical marble Kouri is the work of an archaic workshop of Argos from 580 BC. This sculptures are over life-size and are the oldest monumental votive at Delphi. An inscription at the base identifies Polymedes of Argos as the sculptor, a Greek sculptor of the Archaic Period (6th century BC). The statues are in a typical Peloponnesian style, massive and muscular with the left foot stepping forward, their hands are bent at the elbows, touching the thighs, and the hands closed in fists. The hair is curly and hangs on the front of the shoulders. Their eyes are large and almond-shaped with high eyebrows, and they bear the typical Archaic smile.

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Kleobis and Biton - Delphi Archaeological Museum by Joy of Museums - 2

Kouros

A kouros (plural kouroi) is the term given to free-standing ancient Greek sculptures that first appear in the Archaic period in Greece and represent nude male youths. In Ancient Greek kouros means “youth, boy, especially of noble rank”. Such statues are found across the Greek-speaking world. The female sculptural counterpart of the kouros is the Kore.

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  • Do these statues remind you of Egyptian sculptures more than Greek?

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Kleobis and Biton (The ‘Twins’ of Argos)

  • Title:            Kleobis and Biton (The ‘Twins’ of Argos)
  • Artist:          Polymedes
  • Date:            580 BC
  • Find site:       Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi
  • Material:       Parian Marble
  • Dimensions: H 1.97 m
  • Museums:     Delphi Archaeological Museum

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“Love of money and nothing else will ruin Sparta.”
– Oracle of Delphi

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Photo Credit: JOM

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