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What is the meaning of the archaic smile?

The archaic smile was used by sculptors in Archaic Greece, especially in the second quarter of the 6th century BCE, possibly to suggest that their subject was alive, and infused with a sense of well-being. One of the most famous examples of the Archaic Smile is the Kroisos Kouros; the Peplos Kore is another.

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In respect to this, what did a smile on the face of an archaic period sculpture signify?

It is noted as a small smile or smirk on the face of the sculpture. It is supposed that this smile was created to suggest that the subject of the sculptor was alive and in good health. The Archaic Period of Ancient Greece contained many sculptures of people who had the archaic smile.

One may also ask, when was the Archaic period? The archaic period is generally considered to have lasted from the beginning of the 8th century BC until the beginning of the 5th century BC, with the foundation of the Olympic Games in 776 BC and the Second Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC forming notional starting and ending dates.

Similarly one may ask, what three types of figures prevailed in the Archaic period?

Three types of figures prevailed—the standing nude male youth (kouros, plural kouroi), the standing draped girl (kore, plural korai), and the seated woman.

What is the Kouros type?

In ancient Greek the word "kouros" (plural, "kouroi") means male youth, and at least from the fifth century, specifically an unbearded male. Modern art historians have decided to use the term to refer to this specific type of a male nude standing with fists to its sides and left foot forward.

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