The Evidence: Style
Proof that the statue is a forgery, according to some scholars, lies in the Getty kouros's unusual and anachronistic style. There are significant differences in style between the head and the feet and it "appears to progress from the top down." The wig-like hair is similar to early kouroi, whereas the feet are naturalistic, much like later kouroi. Yet the Getty kouros is not unique in this conglomeration of features, with other genuine kouroi also showing chronological range. The regional style of the statue is also difficult to assign. It is made of Dolomitic marble found on Thasos, but its style is much closer to Attic or Boeotian kouroi which are not typically made of Thasian marble. Marion True notes that this eclecticism may be eventually understood when the statue's place of origin is discovered, and she suggests that art historians must "revise our present concepts of strictly-defined regional styles and anatomical chronologies in light of the new evidence that it provides." On the one hand, if the history of kouroi is revised but the piece is fake, it undermines previous research and understanding of kouroi. However, if the object is dismissed as a fake when it is not, then important information about a unique kouros is lost from the already small sample size of surviving objects.
 Lapatin, "Proof?: The Case of the Getty Kouros," 46.
 Brunilde Sismondo-Ridgway, "In Defense of Authenticity," In The Getty Kouros Colloquium Athens 25-27 May, 1992 (Athens: Kapon Editions-Greece, 1993), 19.
 Evelyn B. Harrison, "Remarks on the Style of the Getty Kouros," In The Getty Kouros Colloquium Athens 25-27 May, 1992 (Athens: Kapon Editions-Greece, 1993), 22.
 True, "A Kouros at the Getty Museum," 11.