Beardless male votary wearing long garment and headcloth

Cypriote
Archaic Period
mid 6th century B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 416.

Dimensions

13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

86.160

Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The man wears a headcloth, earrings, a long tunic (or chiton), and a short mantle (or himation). His left arm is at his side, and the right is held in the mantle, as if in a sling, a common pose for dignitaries in Cypriot art of this period.

Based on the figure’s clothing, he is probably a dignitary of high social status. Statuettes of this type were most often found as dedications in religious sanctuaries. A large number of similar statuettes were found at the site of Golgoi-Ayios Photios, but examples come from other sanctuaries as well. Though this statuette is of small scale, lifesize examples of this type have also been found.

Condition: Broken across at the waist, the figure is somewhat worn and incrusted, showing a light buff color, but otherwise what remains is in excellent condition.

Provenance

From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription