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Archeological Object

Head of Seti I


Head of Seti I

The head was part of a big statue representing Seti I seated on his throne; the king is shown with the kheperesh - crown, characterized by small studs made with small circles in relief, reproducing the golden studs of the royal headdress. The crown shows the uraeus, partly missing, in the front,  which rises with large circular coils. The sculpture was equipped with a back pillar and only the terminal part is preserved. A recent study by Dott.a Capriotti Vittozzi is supposed that a find from the medievale castle Savelli di Borghetto near to Grottaferrata has a relevancy  with a lower fragment of the statue of Seti 1, which today is preserved in the Museo dell’Abbazia di San Nilo that is in Grottaferrata, and would in fact be compatible not only with the material, not only  with the measurements, but also with the history of its acquisition. Both the fragments were used as materials of construction. Moreover, the scholar proposes a former presence in the roman villa belonging to L.Funisulanis Vettonianus of the court of Domiziano and known for his love for Egyptian culture.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 21
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown, but a recent study by Dott.a Capriotti Vittozzi is supposed a provenance from the medievale castle Savelli di Borghetto near to Grottaferrata.
Object
  Definizione: Statue/head
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Head of Seti I

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XIX Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Diorite
  Height: 35
  Varie: Conservation status: fragmentary. It is preserved up to the neck; it has no nose and there are scratches on the left side.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1996, Sist L.,  “Museo Barracco. Arte Egizia” Quaderno - 3, Roma, pp. 58,59
2010, Capriotti Vittozzi G., “Sethi I da Grottaferrata al Museo Barracco” in Cima M., “Giovanni Barracco patriota e collezionista” (the exhibition catalogue), pp.41-45.