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The contrasts between the right and left sides of the head are extreme, but, despite what appears to have happened to this sculpture, or perhaps because of what has happened, it has survived as a very powerful statement of purely Cypriote classical art. In spite of the damage seemingly brought...

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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 470–460 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 438.


27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone


The Ancient World