Musician playing double flutes

Archaic Period
about 525 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 421.


Height: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The figure’s nose has been broken away, and there are gashes in the right cheek and on the back of the head. All the surfaces are covered with a crusty brown patina. The break through the waist has been evened off for mounting in modern times.
The half figure, from a small statue, wears an Egyptian headcloth and a long tunic with short sleeves. The musician was doubtless playing at a banquet or at funeral rites, or in the precinct of a temple.


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