In September 1980, a team of archaeologists uncovered this marble statue during a routine topographical excavation on the Sacred Way in the Heraion. The Kouros stands 5.25 meters tall and its body is mostly intact. Its head remained missing until autumn of 1984 when it was found and joined to the rest of the body. The Kouros now stands in the Samos Archaeological Museum.
According to the inscription on the left thigh of the Kouros, it was a dedication made in the sanctuary by one Isches, son of Rhesis (Ἰσχῆς ἀνέθηκεν ὁ Ῥήσιος), who is not otherwise known.
- Helmut Kyrieleis: The large kouros of Samos. In: Great Moments in Greek Archaeology. J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles 2007, p. 338-341.
- Helmut Kyrieleis: Der große Kuros von Samos (= Samos Vol. 10). Habelt, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-7749-2771-5