Priest or votary
Late Archaic Period
about 470 B.C.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 436; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).
30.5 cm (12 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Wreath, nose, mustache, lower lip, and a few curls in the beard have been slightly damaged. Otherwise, the head is in excellent condition, with a heavy deposit of petrified earth on most of the surfaces.
The Jovian locks are encircled by a large wreath. The beard is arranged in Archaic curls, in contrast to the freedom and imagination of the hair around the forehead, on the back of the head at the start of the neck, and on the crown of the head.
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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription