Bearded male votary wearing turban

Archaic Period
550–500 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 449.


6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



A bearded male head, with heavily worn features. The back is flat, with a hole in the bottom of the neck. There are two twisted strands around the forehead, and traces of orange color remain about the eyes.

The head looks like a Hellenistic grotesque with a philosopher’s turban, but this may be the condition of preservation and weathering. Indeed, the weathering also creates difficulties in identifing the date of the sculpture. Other turbaned figures are known in Cypriot art before the Hellenistic period, when they may indicate figures of high rank. This head was likely part of a full figure, which was offered as a dedication in a sanctuary, possibly the sanctuary of Golgoi-Ayios Photios.

Condition: The nose is rubbed away, and all the surfaces are very worn and crusted with a brown-colored deposit.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription