Abundance and splendour: textiles of Archaic Greek statues of young women (korai)

Harris, S. (2022) Abundance and splendour: textiles of Archaic Greek statues of young women (korai). In: Harris, S., Brøns, C. and Zuchowska, M. (eds.) Textiles in Ancient Mediterranean Iconography. Series: Ancient Textiles Series, 38. Oxbow Books: Oxford, pp. 59-78. ISBN 9781789257212

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Abstract

The statues of young women in 6th century BCE Greece are remarkable for their elaborate textile clothing. Despite this, the evidence from representations of textiles is frequently dismissed because the clothing portrayed is considered too unreliable and confusing to interpret. This paper seeks to redress this issue by identifying the type, number and quality of textiles represented as garments on these famous statues. It considers the history of research that led to this lack of clarity and assesses the textiles on statues in the light of the archaeological evidence. The results demonstrate the quality and quantity of textiles worn in these outfits and lead to a wider discussion of the significance of these abundant and splendid materials.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harris, Dr Susanna
Authors: Harris, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Publisher:Oxbow Books
ISBN:9781789257212
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Oxbow Books and the individual authors 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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