This a statue of a Kouros, a youth, made out of marble. This is a representation of a youth and would function as a grave marker or votive, an object that stand in for a wish or prayer. This sculpture uses the Egyptian cannon of proportions, but it is more mimetic, having more curves and definition of the body compared to past sculptures using the Egyptian cannon of proportions. Even functioning as a grave marker or votive there is a lot of space between the arms and legs, which leave the sculpture venerable to damage, which was something that older Egyptian sculpture would not have if it was a votive. The Kouros is also left foot striding, which is a feature of Egyptian sculptures. There is much more detail in the body and effort in making it realistic, while also keeping to the proportions of what they thought were perfect or ideal. This statue is a great example of how the idea of the human body transitioning from Egyptian sculpture to Greek sculpture.

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Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art
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