Beadless male wearing conical helmet

Archaic Period
mid 6th century B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 417.


4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



Male wearing a high conical helmet or cap, of the conical “Assyrian” or “Phoenician” type, with the cheek-flaps tied up. The helmet was painted red in the center and the lips were also done in red. The hair appears to have been rendered in purple.

This head once likely belonged to a full figure, which was offered as a dedication at a sanctuary, possibly the sanctuary of Golgoi-Ayios Photios.

Condition: As usual, the head is broken at the neck. The features are somewhat worn, but the surfaces have not been adversely affected.


From Naukratis. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription