Man in Near Eastern dress
First half of the 6th c. BC
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 425.
32.7 cm (12 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This statuette of a man wears a long tunic (or chiton) with short sleeve(s) and a mantle (or himation) which covers both shoulders and his right side, the right arm bent and held close to the body. The left arm is held tightly against the side. The bare (?) feet are planted firmly, side by side, on the small rectangular plinth.
The forms of the body match the flatness of the drapery.
Though statuettes of this size were common, some sculptures of this type were life-size or even bigger. 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 many other sanctuaries as well.
Condition: The head is broken away, and one side of the body has been badly damaged. Surfaces and the plinth are chipped or worn away. Otherwise all the figure’s details and extremities are preserved; damages seem minimal from a frontal view.
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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription