Head of Sethi I

Testa di Sethi I
New Kingdom, Dynasty XIX, Sethi I (1289-1278 B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Black granite
Inv. MB 21

In this portrait, Sethi I is wearing the blue crown with the uraeus in the center; it is thickly marked by a spiral pattern that evokes the metal studs of the original decoration. A recent study has allowed to approach this head with the fragment of a statue of pharaoh, found in Grottaferrata, and to reconstruct the seated image of the king, dressed in ceremonial dress and recognizable through the cartouche on the dorsal column.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Nearly all the reliefs in the Barracco Museum’s collection belong to the funerary sphere. 
They come from a type of tomb, the mastaba (from the Arabic word for bench), which was especially characteristic of Old Kingdom necropolises.