Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Meidad Suchowolski
Nude youth (kouros) wearing a gold diadem
Archaic period, 570 BCE
Bronze with applied gold leaf
H: 17.5 cm
Bequest of Joseph Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 87.160.319
The kouros (nude youth) figure emerged in the late 7th century BCE, when images of the human body, although still marked by a rigid frontality, began to strive for greater naturalism. The use of gold on this bronze statuette, probably a sanctuary dedication, is rare.

Merhav, Rivka et al., A Glimpse into the Past: The Joseph Ternbach Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir