Limestone statue of a youth

Period: Classical

Date: early 5th century B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: H. 43 7/8 in. (111.4 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.2457


The head and body probably come from different statues. Like most freestanding sculpture found on Cyprus, this figure was set up as a votive gift to a deity and was probably thought to stand as a continuous worshiper in place of the man who dedicated it. The soft modeling of the face and the sprightly smile derive from East Greek art of the late sixth century B.C., and the figure is dressed in the Greek manner, wearing a finely pleated linen chiton and a wool himation (cloak).