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archaic smile

A representation of the human mouth with slightly upturned corners, characteristic of early Greek sculpture produced before the fifth century bc.

[After the Archaic Period, early period of ancient Greek sculpture.]
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archa′ic smile′

a representation of the mouth with slightly upturned corners of the lips characteristic of early Greek facial sculpture.
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