STATUE OF A YOUTH (KOUROS): THE SO-CALLED KLEOBIS

Dimensions
206 x 65 x 69 cm
Date
early 20th century
Material
Iconography
Inventory
Ag.365
ID
Hyp-5967
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 41

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.