Beardless male votary wearing conical helmet

Archaic Period
Late 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 432.


13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



A fringe of hair enframes the forehead between the ears, and a mass of hair falls almost to the shoulders. The lips are faintly smiling. The figure wears a conical hat or helmet without cheekpieces.

Similar statuettes have been found at Cypriot sanctuaries, especially at the sanctuary of Golgoi-Ayios Photios, and it is likely that this head also once belonged to a full figure offered as a dedication.

Condition: The nose is worn, as is the rim of the headgear. Otherwise the head is in good condition.


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