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Fragmentary head of a king

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This fragment of brightly painted, finely grained limestone preserves part of a figure of the king, faing right, from the tomb of Seti I. The fragment shows a portion of the king's face, his ear, and part of his nemes headdress. The skin is painted red, with the eye and eyebrow in dark blue and...

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From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Seti I. 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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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


Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 18.7 x 17.8 cm (7 3/8 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted limestone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief