The monolithic alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, discovered in the Valley of the Kings by the explorer Giovanni Belzoni in 1817, was brought to London in 1821. In February 1824, it was purchased by the English architect Sir John Soane for the sum of £2000. This facsimile is produced by Factum Arte as part of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative. Built from 5-micron layers printed one over the other in high density polyurethane, using Océ elevated printing, the facsimile is drawn from data sets based on contactless, three-dimensional recording of surfaces and colours. This technologically advanced production minutely reproduces the effect of the alabaster original. The Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation has reproduced several chambers from the tomb of Seti I at full scale, adhering to a two-hundred-year tradition of reproducing and transporting the monument. A facsimile of the tomb in its entirety, including the sarcophagus, will be installed at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, where Factum Arte’s full-scale reproduction of the tomb of Tutankhamun already welcomes visitors.
Loan from Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, Madrid
Photo: Eirik Bøhn
The sarcophagus is part of the exhibition Images of Egypt,curated by Mari Lending, Tim Anstey and Eirik Arff Gulseth Bøhn and shown at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo in autumn 2018. The exhibition is produced under PriArc: Printing the Past, a research project directed by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, as part of the European Union Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) programme. Factum Arte is an associate partner inPriArc.