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Priest or votary. The wreath, some curls on the forehead, the nose, and the neck have been slightly chipped. The surfaces have a crusty brown patina. The face, hair, and beard have an almost Pheidian look, although in terms of lingering Archaicism. An unusual wreath encircles the brow, and extra...

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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

Cypriote, Classical Period, about 440–420 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 441; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).


28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone


The Ancient World