Male votary wearing conical helmet

Archaic Period
600-550 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 418.


22.9 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



There is a groove running around the face, from ear to ear and below the lips. This would seem to suggest a slight beard. The headgear has a large top-piece and upturned side-flaps. He wears double-spiral earrings, and his hair falls, braided in a heavy cloth, down the back of the neck and onto the shoulders.

This head was likely once attached to the full body of a dignitary or solider, a very common statue type dedicated at Cypriot sanctuaries, most likely Golgoi-Ayios Photios.

Condition: This light stone head, with its usual brown, crusty patina, is in excellent 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