Archaic Sculpture Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Archaic Sculpture
An overview of some archaic sculptures with particular focus on the Moschophoros.
# 147439 | 1,152 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 03, 2011 in Art (Sculpture)

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This paper discusses archaic sculpture - in particular the Moschophoros statue. The paper provides a description of the sculpture and the damages it incurred as well as some of the critiques that it has received over the years.

From the Paper:

''The Moschophoros statue is a very impressive work, lauded by countless critics and historians as an iconic example of archaic Greek statuary. He is nude and has long hair, a beard, and of course is carrying a calf that is draped around his shoulders. The most likely reason he is carrying a calf is that he is bringing it to a place where it will be sacrificed. He is carrying the proverbial "sacrificial lamb" one could say. The way he is looking straight forward, and his posture is facing directly forward, indicate he is from the genre of contemporary Archaic period Kouroi. His is named Romvos and he is offering that calf to Athena.
''Moschophoros' genitals are missing from the sculpture because a good share of the front side of his left leg from roughly the left hip down to the shinbone is gone. That fact is mentioned because typically Archaic Greek statuary features naked males with penis and scrotum fully visible from the front, and females most always are featured with clothing. His right hand it completely broken off just above the wrist and his left hand is partially broken off. The calf's left hind leg is partly missing in the same breakage as his left hand's demise; the calf's right front leg swings around Moschophoros' neck and is partially lost in the breakage that is centered at the center of the chest of Moschophoros.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kleiner, Fred S. (2008). Gardner's Art Through The Ages: A Global History. Boston: Wadsworth Publishing.
  • Mlahanas. (2002). Greek Sculpture Art: The Kore. Retrieved March 6, 2009, from
  • Potter, Polyxeni. (2008). In Dreams Begin Responsibilities. Centers for Disease Control And Prevention. Retrieved March 6, 2009, from
  • University of Texas. (2007). Calf-Bearer (Moschophoros) (c. 560BC). Retrieved March 5, 2009, from

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