Beardless male votary wearing long garment and headcloth
mid 6th century B.C.
Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 416.
13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The man wears a headcloth, earrings, a long tunic (or chiton), and a short mantle (or himation). His left arm is at his side, and the right is held in the mantle, as if in a sling, a common pose for dignitaries in Cypriot art of this period.
Based on the figure’s clothing, he is probably a dignitary of high social status. Statuettes of this type were most often found as dedications in religious sanctuaries. A large number of similar statuettes were found at the site of Golgoi-Ayios Photios, but examples come from other sanctuaries as well. Though this statuette is of small scale, lifesize examples of this type have also been found.
Condition: Broken across at the waist, the figure is somewhat worn and incrusted, showing a light buff color, but otherwise what remains is in excellent condition.
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).
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