Left: The Marion Kouros, 520 BC-510 BC. Despite its earlier date, about 510 - 500 BC, the modelling of the left kouros (youth) is softer. Rather than acting as a visible grave marker like many other Greek kouroi, this figure was found in the subterranean entrance way of a tomb and was perhaps intended to be a guardian figure.
Right: This kouros is one of the latest (490 BC) examples of this archaic type. The traditional posture is maintained but here combined with a developed treatment of anatomical details and and a contemporary, short hairstyle. Rather than being carved as lifelike portraits, these statues were intended to represent the beauty, excellence and honorable nature of the elite, male citizen. Kouroi statues lined the streets, public spaces and cemeteries of many Greek cities.
British museum, 2017