Fragment of wall-decoration

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Seti I
1294–1279 B.C.


Height x width: 6 x 8.6 cm (2 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of brightly painted, finely grained limestone preserves part of a figure from the tomb of Seti I. The fragment shows part of the torso of the king or a god, painted red and wearing a broad collar, of which only part of the bottom row of beads survives.


Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Seti I. By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way