Priest or votary

Cypriote
Late Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 461.

Dimensions

11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.333

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The nose and face have suffered some damage, as visible. The surfaces have the usual crusty brown patina.
The man wears a relatively thin, tight wreath around his brow. The hair above is only slightly indicated, while a fringe of curls appears over the forehead. The back of the neck and base of the skull are not carved out, forming a support for the head akin to that found on some Roman Republican togati. The ears are also unfinished.
Despite the characteristics of carving, the head is well proportioned, and the face is well modeled.

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