Male votary wearing conical helmet

Archaic Period
Mid 6th c. B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 419.


30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The man represented in this monumental head wears a cloth line under his helmet proper. The side-flaps are turned up, and the hair behind is contained in a large cloth, which allows it to flare out at the sides.

Large-scale statues of votaries or dignitaries, like this one, were often dedicated at Cypriot sanctuaries, most likely the sanctuary of Golgoi-Ayios Photios.

Condition: Parts of the nose and ears are missing; the hair at the back of the neck has been broken away, and the neck itself has also been broken irregularly. Otherwise, the head is in generally good condition. The hold in the back of the head seems to be a souvenir of its older mounting.


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