Male Votary

Archaic Period
probably very early fifth century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 429.


17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

White Limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The head has been broken off and reglued; the left forearm and hand are missing; the body and plinth have been slightly chipped. The surfaces, somewhat worn, have a buff patina or coloration.
The man holds an object, like a rectangular tablet, in the right hand, against the long tunic. The garment and forms of the body are so simply conceived and executed that it is difficult to tell whether an over-mantle is represented. It may have been shown in paint. The hair is arranged in the series of curls over the forehead and in wavy lines behind, characteristic of nude kouroi (the so-called Apollos) from Cyprus and Naukratis.


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