Votive animal: a cow (?)

Archaic or Classical Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 444.


10.8 x 12.7 cm (4 1/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The back of the head is missing, and there are a number of nicks in the soft, white limestone. The animal is standing with legs, as well as the head and body, rather crudely modeled. For lack of any specific identifying qualities, and on comparison with the examples from Golgoi, this creature must be considered a cow. A red collar is painted around the neck, and the lump at the throat may indicate a cowbell. The soft quality of the limestone made it difficult, if not impossible, for the sculptor to carve the area between the legs.


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