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Fragment of cavetto cornice

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This fragment of brightly painted, finely grained limestone preserves part of a cavetto cornice from the tomb of Seti I. The conventional ornament is painted in white, olive, blue-green, and dull red, with black lines for borders.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Seti I, 1294–1279 B.C.


Height x width: 15.2 x 22.2 cm (6 x 8 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted limestone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements