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Peplos Kore

Peplos Kore
Colour reconstruction by Vinzenz Brinkmann

The Peplos Kore is a statue of a girl and one of the most well-known examples of Archaic Greek art. The 117 cm high white marble statue was made around 530 BC and originally was colourfully painted.[1] The statue was found west of the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis and is now located in the Athenian Acropolis Museum.


  • Description 1
  • See also 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


The name of the statue comes from the heavy woolen garment worn by the girl (Greek: κόρη, kore), the Dorian peplos, which was no longer actually in fashion when the marble statue was made. Underneath it, the girl wears a thin chiton which peeps out from the sleeves and hem.[2] Bore holes on the head and shoulders indicate that the statue was decorated with bronze head decorations (probably a wreath) and shoulder fibulae. The left arm was made of a separate piece of stone and is now lost.

The Peplos Kore is ascribed to the Rampin Master who is named for another head, very similar in style, which was in the Rampin Collection and is now on display in the Louvre.

In Brinkmann's opinion, this statue type does not depict mortal girls but goddesses.[3] Her posture corresponds in no way to the late archaic Kore, "who steps forward with he left leg, holds her skirt with her left hand and holds fruit in the crook of her right arm."[4] On the Peplos Kore, there are bore holes in the lowered right arm and the bent left arm which suggest she held a bow and arrows[5] or a shield and helmet. The bore holes on the head which are usually interpreted as being for a wreath could perhaps have accommodated a loose fitting crown.

See also


  • John Boardman. Griechische Plastik. Die archaische Zeit. Zabern, Mainz 1991, ISBN 3-8053-0346-7, p. 78, Tbl 115 and 129.
  • Katerina Karakasi. Archaische Koren. Hirmer, München 2001, ISBN 3-7774-8840-2
  • Brunhilde Sismondo Ridgway. "The Peplos Kore, Acropolis 679" Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 36, 1977, pp. 49-61, ISSN 0083-7156.

External links

  • Statue of a Kore, "Peplos Kore" in the archaeological database Arachne
  • Detailed informationen
  • Earlier reconstruction attempt, University of Cambridge
  • Colour reconstruction, Brinkmann's variant A
  • Stiftung Archäologie, Color reconstruction, Brinkmann's variant C


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  3. ^ Vinzenz Brinkmann, Mädchen oder Göttin? Das Rätsel der ›Peploskore‹ von der Athener Akropolis, in Vinzenz Brinkmann and Raimund Wünsche (Ed.), Bunte Götter. Die Farbigkeit antiker Skulptur, Staatliche Antikensammlungen and Glyptothek, München 2003, pp. 53–60.
  4. ^ ibid., p. 56
  5. ^ Crowned female statue with bow and arrows
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