Kouros, 6th century BCE Peplos Kore, 6th century BCe A restoration of the Peplos Kore
Archaic sculpture is also found on temple pediments (triangular areas below the roof). These can be either
high-relief sculptures or fully round sculptures. Because the pediment area was usually a place to depict a
narrative scene (often a mythological story), artists worked to develop more movement in these sculptures.
At first the figures were flattened, as if squashed under glass; by the early fifth century, however, more
natural movements and proportions appeared. These later figures still have the Archaic smile, even when
they are shown in battle.