Priest or votary

Late Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 461.


11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The nose and face have suffered some damage, as visible. The surfaces have the usual crusty brown patina.
The man wears a relatively thin, tight wreath around his brow. The hair above is only slightly indicated, while a fringe of curls appears over the forehead. The back of the neck and base of the skull are not carved out, forming a support for the head akin to that found on some Roman Republican togati. The ears are also unfinished.
Despite the characteristics of carving, the head is well proportioned, and the face is well modeled.


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