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Peplos Kore

In this new series of short videos, with subtitles and without, Professor Caroline Vout looks at some of the standout pieces in our collection.


The Peplos Kore

Original: Athens, Akropolis Museum, 679. C.530 BCE.
Cast: MOCA no.34a. Purchased and painted in 1975.


Our painted and restored cast of the Peplos Kore is one of the most provocative pieces in our Cast Gallery. But why is she so brightly painted? Were all ancient sculptures coloured in such garish ways? And what does seeing her polychromy mean for how we understand classical whiteness? Watch this video to find out.

Please scroll down the page for the subtitled version.



Want to see the Peplos Kore for yourself? This cast can be found in Bay A.

Want to know more about our cast of the Peplos Kore? Check out our research catalogue.


This series of videos was produced by Communicator Limited. To see more of their work, find them on Vimeo and Twitter, @C21classics.

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