kouros and kore
archaic greece

The kouri and korae are statues a bit older than what we all know as 'classic' ancient greek period of sculpture.
Their main characteristic is their famous archaic smile (wikipedia). The classic statues do not smile :)

Peplos Kore (Peplophoros) c.530 a.e.v.
Acropolis Museum, Athens, no.inv.679
(the kore with a peplos = veil)
Kouros 'Kroisos' (Croesus), tomb statue of 530 a.e.v. found at Anavyssos
Athens National Archaeological Museum no.inv.3851
(Anavyssos is a summer resort near Athens)

Lots of them were found carefully buried. The greeks buried their old statues, to make new ones.
[photo] This kore in not from the Acropolis.
But is is a good example of how they all look during excavations.
notes@beazley: buried together in antiquity. The kore's base is preserved: she is Phrasikleia who will 'ever be called maiden, the gods allotting her this title instead of marriage'. About 550 BC.

KOYPOΣ gre.noun.masc. gre.pronunc: [ˈkuros]
plural: KOYPOI mod.gre.pronunc: ['kuri']
literally = young man
statue: young nude man’s archaic statue. He has no beard.
KOPH gre.n.fem. early archaic script with koppa. gre.pronunc.erasmic ['korε] mod.gre.pronunc: [ˈkori]
plural: anc.gre: KOPAI mod.gre: KOPEΣ
literally = daughter
statue: young dressed woman’s archaic statue
Foundation of Hellenic World (FHW) page:
Kouri by wikipedia
Photos of many many kouri and korae at

links checked in 2007./2017.