Kore is the modern term given to a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age.
Kore show the restrained "archaic smile", which did not demonstrate emotion. It was the symbol of the ideal, transcending above the hardships of the world. As fashions changed, so did the type of clothing they wore. Over time, kore went from the heavy peplos to lighter garments such as the chiton. Their posture is rigid and column-like, sometimes with an extended arm. Some kore were painted colorfully to enhance the visual impact of the garments and narrative purposes.
There are multiple theories on whether the kore represent mortals or deities. Kore also functioned as offerings to the gods or the dead.
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