Beardless male votary wearing wreath of leaves
late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 452; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).
20.3 cm (8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The man wears a tight wreath of laurel leaves and has regular locks of wavy hair enframing his forehead, and extending down on the temples in front of the ears. The wreath, which consists of a single row of laurel leaves, is open at the center.
During the Hellenistic period, wreathed, beardless male statues like this one were popular dedications at some Cypriot sanctuaries, especially Golgoi-Ayios Photios. Earlier, such statues most often had beards, but the prefered style had changed by the Hellenistic period.
Condition: There are nicks under the chin, on the brow, and on the right cheek or jaw. Otherwise, the head is in good condition, with a crusty light brown patina.
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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription