In an earlier post it was noted that most Daedalic figures are female. Here we consider a male example: a bronze statuette of a youth, only about seven and a half inches tall. It was found in the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. This is a significant piece, marking as it does the transition from Daedalic to Archaic. The head is Daedalic, with its inverted-triangle face, large eyes, flattened crown, low forehead, straight hairline, and stylized coiffure in horizontal layers (the so-called Etagenperücke or “layered wig”) hiding the ears. The hair closely resembles the Protocorinthian aryballos shown in our earlier post (3/3/17) and thus may be dated to around 650 BC or perhaps a bit later.
- The Egyptian wears a kilt while the Greek has only a belt.
- The Egyptian is extending his left leg much farther forward than the Greek.
- The Egyptian is leaning against a backboard of stone (seen between legs and between arms and torso), while the Greek is free-standing, independent. In fact the Egyptian statue is a block carved in very high relief, while the Greek one is in the round.
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