The main similarity between Egyptian and Greek figurative sculpture is the standing, frontal-facing form of the statues. This form began in Egypt and was imported to Greece in the seventh century B.C., where sculptors made kouros, or youth, statues.Continue Reading
The archaic smile is another similarity between Egyptian and Greek statues. The smile does not represent a particularly happy scene. Rather, archaic statues all have a smiling face, even in serious or sad situations.
The archaic smile and the frontal-facing pose lost popularity in Greece but remained in Egypt for centuries. Greek sculptors from the sixth century B.C. onward favored more realistic forms, making statues in more natural poses without the idealized facial expressions favored in Egyptian sculpture.Learn more about Symbolism