Man in Near Eastern dress

Cypriote
Archaic Period
First half of the 6th c. BC


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 425.

Dimensions

32.7 cm (12 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.311

Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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