Man Arrested for Attempting to Sell Head of Ancient Greek Kouros Statue (video)



A rare find of a head of a kouros, the characteristic male statues from the 6th century BC in Greece, was confiscated by the Attica Security Police’s Division of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities, it was announced on Tuesday.

The larger-than-life-size head, measuring 40 cm (16 inches) in height and preserving a section of the statue’s neck, is made of limestone and appears to be the product of a rural workshop, archaeologists noted.

A male individual, aged 49, was arrested for illegal possession of the head in Nemea, southern Greece, on Monday.

According to official sources, the man, who was attempting to sell the ancient artifact for 500,000 euros, had hidden it among a pile of rocks on a farm road.