Bearless male votary wearing wreath of leaves

Middle to Late Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 455.


17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The brow is enframed by large corkscrew curls, surmounted by a wreath of long, thin leaves. The eyelids are sharply arched. The ear is unusually well carved for one of these heads, and, indeed, the quality of sculpture as a whole is excellent.

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: The back of the head and the tip of the nose are missing. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. The light color of the stone has not been changed by a heavy patina. There are traces of red color in the hair and on the lips, also around the eyes.


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