SANTORINI: 2,700 year old female statue on display for the first time

The more than 2,700 year old female statue, Kore of Thira will be displayed tot he public for the first on the island of Santorini.

The Kore of Thira, an exquisite female statue of the 7th century BC, will be displayed at the under construction Museum of Thira on Santorini.

The Kore of Thira, that  was discovered 15 years ago in Santorini but kept in storage since then due to lack of space, will be on display at a temporary exhibition that will inaugurated by Culture Minister, Lina Mendoni, on September 4.

The Kore of Thira was discovered in November 2000 in the Sellada cemetery on Santorini by archaeologist Charalambos Sigalas. The Daedalic-style Kore, crafted with Naxos marble, has a height of 2.48m.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thira, having as a point of reference the Prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, presents the life and culture of Thira during the Prehistoric period as depicted through a variety of exhibits, mainly clay vessels and frescoes of fine art, representing the illustrious Cycladic civilization that flourished on the island. The exhibition “Thera wall paintings. The masterpieces of the Aegean Prehistory” was inaugurated in August 2021 at the second floor of the museum where for the first time, wall paintings of Thira are presented according to their iconographic programs, i.e. the way they were unfolded in the buildings’ rooms of the prehistoric settlement where they were found.


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