Seti I’s Campaigns

Seti I’s Campaigns

Date ca. 1280 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 18th Dynasty

Medium Sandstone

Location Temple of Amun-Ra, Karnak, Thebes (exterior wall, north side of hypostyle hall)

Much of the Temple of Amun-Ra is covered by sunken reliefs, a common carving technique used by the Egyptians in which a figure’s outlines and inner details were carved out of the stone, while traditional reliefs carve a figure’s background from the stone, lending sharp, bold lines to the depicted figures. Here, Seti I wages battle in Libya. Hierarchical scale and bolder carvings help to establish his authority and victorious position, though the campaign was hardly decisive in the Egyptians’ favor.