Fragment of wall-decoration

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

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Tomb of Seti I


Height x width: 5.7 x 10.8 cm (2 1/4 x 4 1/4 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 relatively large-scale hieroglyphic inscription from the tomb of Seti I. The fragment shows a portion of tail and legs of a bird in raised relief, painted in yellow, white, red and black.


From 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.

(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way