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Despite or aside from the peculiarities of carving, the head is in relatively good condition. The subject wears a diadem, which might suggest he belonged to the Ptolemaic or Roman ruling classes. He does not, however, appear to be a portrait of a known person.


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, Greco-Roman Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 462.


10.2 cm (4 in.)

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The Ancient World