Head of a Kouros

Archaic Period
about 560–550 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 007.


Height: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The long hair of this head from a statuette is carried in wavy lines from the middle of the forehead down behind the ears. At the back it falls in a broad, flat mass covered by a network of fine diagonal lines. In front several locks, with vertical and horizontal lines incised upon them, fall on the shoulders. The large, almond-shaped eyes have protruding, rounded eyeballs, the ears are exaggerated in size. The black paint used in tracing the outlines of the eyes is also visible on the irises, on the hair, and on the left side of the upper lip. The mustache which resulted is an unusual detail in the finishing of Archaic kouroi. The back of the head is incomplete and roughly finished. The nose and chin are injured, and the surface is badly weathered. The eyes have been outlined in black.
Testing in 1999 determined that the material of this piece is gypsum.


From Naukratis. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription