Kouros of Skopelos?

In the Stalamata area of Skopelos, on the coast near the islet of Ag Giorgi, we found this rock formation hiding in a cave. My alert companion spotted the thing and said. “Oh look, a kouros!”. It looks a lot like the head of a kouros, but I saw something more Egyptian. Funny.

The colossal Greek kouroi that we are all familiar with (there are examples in museums worldwide) are from the archaic period (700 – 400 +/- BCE). There is a similarity in figuration in Egyptian sculpture which began to appear more than a thousand years before.

Getty Kouros 530 BCE

uShabti Figure, 664 BCE

The small Egyptian Ushabti figurine or funerary offering is from roughly the same period as the archaic kouros shown. But in Egypt the style was by then old hat.


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