Painted quartzite head of Seti II
This quartzite head of king Seti II, was a part of a statue within the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Amun at Karnak, the body of the statue remains in its original location.
Seti II (or Sethos II) was the fifth pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and reigned from c. 1203 BC to 1197 BC. His throne name, Userkheperure Setepenre, means “Powerful are the manifestations of Re, the chosen one of Re.” He was the son of Merneptah and Isetnofret II and sat on the throne during a period known for dynastic intrigue and short reigns, and his rule was no different. Seti II had to deal with many serious plots, most significantly the accession of a rival king named Amenmesse, possibly a half brother, who seized control over Thebes and Nubia in Upper Egypt during his second to fourth regnal years.
In January 1908, the Egyptologist Edward R. Ayrton, in an excavation conducted for Theodore M. Davis, discovered a small burial in tomb KV56 which Davis referred to as ‘The Gold Tomb’ in his publication of the discovery in the Valley of the Kings; it proved to contain a small cache of jewelry that featured the name of Seti II. A set of “earrings, finger-rings, bracelets, a series of necklace ornaments and amulets, a pair of silver ‘gloves’ and a tiny silver sandal” were found within this tomb