Statuette of an oriental god or hero

Early Hellenistic
late 4th–3rd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 446.


12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



A stylized fringe of hair enframes the youth’s forehead, running down in front of the ears under the cap at the sides. His eyes were finished in paint, and there are traces of red on the lips.

This type of headress, known as a Phrygian cap, has eastern associations and likely marks the figure as an eastern god or hero. Similar figures found in the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates in Kourion have been interpreted as offerings possibly for Attis (the consort of Cybele) or a local hero called Perseutas.

Condition: The head is broken off across the neck at the bottom of the cap. There are slight chips on the face and cap, but otherwise the condition is excellent, the limestone having a light brown patina.


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