Female votive (Kore)

Cypro-Archaic or Cypro-Classical Period
510–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 427; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).


17.8 cm (7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This female votive head is a Cypriot adaptation of the Greek kore type.
She wears Cyprit earcaps, a hallmark of Archaic Cypriot sculpture, and her face, hairstyle, diadem are of a Greek style.

There are two rows of curls around the face, a diadem or stephane above this, and three long, braided locks on each side of the neck, falling on the shoulders. The earrings are of the circular, rosette type. The features are very refined, the nose pointed and the mouth small. The head is heavily incrusted, but the diadem appears to have been plain. The irises of the eyes appear to have been painted in black.

Head, neck, and the very start of the shoulders remain; the sculpture is in generally 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