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The most significant statue of a girl in the acropolis museum is the “Peplos Kore”, named after the typical dress of Greek women of the time. This is a masterpiece of Archaic sculpture: simple, unadorned, with a solemn presence, and some of the vibrant original paint still visible. The lower part harmoniously supports the bust; you will note how the chaste delicacy of the bosom rises above the belt which is then topped with a fresh, youthful face, illuminated by a contented archaic smile and framed by long curls.

The other Kore statues in the room boast a light, pleasant glow and a richness of color; they are beautifully crafted, with sophisticated hairstyles after the fashion of the time, and smiles that are sometimes excessively captivating. Attention is focused exclusively on their outer appearance, enhanced by precious colors. The breasts are often emphasized and adorned by plaits. While the first kore was dedicated to the gods, the others appear to have been crafted for the pleasure of mortals.

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