Fragmentary head of a king

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

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Tomb of Seti I


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



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 the headress striped blue and yellow.


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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way