Beardless male votary wearing fillet

Archaic or Classical Period
5th–4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 442.


8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The youth’s hair is worn in ridges back from the face, and there is a fillet across the top of the head, near the forehead. He has long features.

The style is unusual, and one authority familiar with Cypriote sculpture has even felt that the head might have been a creation of Cesnola’s time. Otherwise, it might have undergone recutting in post-antique times.

Condition: Broken off at the base of the neck and the start of the shoulders, the head is otherwise in good condition.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription