239 x 72 x 69 cm
early 20th century
The more than two-meter-tall figure is the largest known Archaic period statue of a girl (kore) from the Acropolis. Her left hand adjusts her gown, her outstretched right hand held a votive offering. According to the inscription on its base it was offered to Athena by a potter named Nearchos, and was carved by Antenor, one of the greatest Athenian sculptors of the late sixth century BC. (He created, for example, the first famous bronze statue of the Tyrannicides.) The richly draped clothing of the kore was originally painted in vivid colours, her eyes were inlaid in glass lined with bronze, her diadem decorated with bronze ornaments.