A God, hero or votary

Archaic Period
about 525 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 420; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).


26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The head is in excellent condition, being only slightly chipped over the right eye-brow and slightly worn at the left ear. The end of the nose and upper lip are also damaged. Considerable crusty earth remains on the surfaces. A flat fillet encircles his brow, the tassels of one or both ends hanging down on a line with the nose, amid the locks enframing the forehead. Above and behind the fillet is a cloth cap(?), in a series of layers then divided up into rectangular patterns. A row of curls appears directly above the fillet, with these curls extending into the temples in front of the ears. The beard is represented by tight curls which echo those on the head just above the fillet.


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