Male votive statue

Archaic Period
Late 5th c. B.C. or early 4th c. B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 440.


41.5 cm (16 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure is probably a male youth. He wears a long, tight tunic (chiton), with close, flat creases across the torso. The mantle (himation) is drapped across the lower part of the figure. The drapery covering the upper part of the figure has incised vertical lines and horizontal creases added in red paint. Objects were held in each lowered hand, a situla (?) or a stylized branch (?) in the left hand, a scroll (?) or other small object in the right.

Though the head is missing in this case, similar statuettes wore wreaths on their beardless heads. Similar male votaries were found at the sanctuary of Golgoi-Ayios Photios.

Condition: The head and feet are missing, and the body has been broken across the knees. Otherwise, the flat, two-dimensional body is in 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