Dated approximately 1290–1279 B.C., within Egypt's Nineteenth Dynasty, the greywacke statue of Seti I at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an artifact of significant historical importance. The statue showcases meticulous Ancient Egyptian craftsmanship and their cultural reverence for Pharaoh Seti I.

With a height of approximately 1.33 meters, the statue depicts the Pharaoh seated on a throne embellished with intricate hieroglyphics and symbolic imagery. His pose is upright, embodying a sense of sovereignty. One hand lies flattened on his lap while the other grips an Ankh, an iconic Egyptian symbol for ‘life’. Facial features are carefully carved to replicate the actual likeness of the king. The royal nemes headcloth, with detailed striations, envelopes his head and extends to his shoulders.

The statue also utilizes key Egyptian religious symbols: a ureaus (cobra), signifying divine authority, frames the Pharaoh's head, and an hieroglyphic eye, commonly used as an amulet against evil, is prominently featured. Seti I is portrayed in a kilt and broad collar, which adds an element of realism to this stylized human figure.

Inscriptions are present throughout the piece; a line of hieroglyphics on the back of the throne identifies Seti I by his five names, including "Menmaatre", which translates to 'eternal is the justice of Re'. Further inscriptions on the throne's sides emphasize the Pharaoh's religious commitment and his dedication to maintaining Maat, the Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, and the universe.

Metropolitan Musuem of Art
Tomb of Seti I