Inward 1821 vast crews in London and Paris accompanied an exhibition of pictures copied from the tomb of Seti I. His tomb, which had been discovered 4 years before, received an enthusiastic response in Europe. So, exclude for the 1922 discovery of the tomb of king Tutankhamen and the 1995 discovery of KV5, no tomb in the Valley of the Kings was eternally in the public eyeball.
It isn't hard to understand why: the tomb was vast, totally decorated, beautifully conserved, and its discoverer, Giovanni Belzoni, published a becharming account of his act upon there. KV17 was the firstly tomb in the Valley of the Kings to be totally adorned; every wall and pillar from the entrance forward is covered with aspects from the Imydwat, the Litany of Ra, the Book of Gates, the Book of the Heavenly Cow, and the affording of the Mouth rite.
The work was exquisitely done, with complicate contingents in costumes and hairstyles, and the aspects are amid the best-preserved in the valley. Or instead, they were.Belzoni and additional visitors not just made water colour copies of the surrounds but took bosoms, adjuring wet paper against the relief carving, letting it dry, then pulling the third-dimensional copy off the walls. By nature, this besmirched the paint. Belzoni as well cleared the tomb becharm and absented natural barriers to water flooding. When a torrential pelting hit the valley briefly after the tomb was afforded, floodwaters decanted into the first a lot of chambers and did grievous harm. Some years later, a lot of pieces of wall medal were hacked out and taken to Europe—by Jean-François Champollion and Ippolito Rosellini. Many other visitors abided by suit. Clearing of the long passage that had been cut abstruse below the floor of the burial chamber, an functioning first tried a century ago and resumed in the 1950s by the descendants of a long-familiar tomb robber, created grievous structural troubles in the tomb that required adding up brickwork and steel to correct. A lot of projects have had to be undertaken in the last few decades to keep parts of the tomb from breaking. Recently, the tomb was folded to visitors so to make copious preservation studies, but these haven't been accomplished and no contrives have even been made to start the needed work. As a consequence, KV17 is likely to stay closed for the foreseeable future.
Corridor B A steep stairs leads down to the becharm of the tomb into corridor B. The surrounds of the corridor are adorned with the Litany of Ra, with a anatomy of the king abiding before Ra-Harakhty on the left wall, abided by by the “title page” of this text, shown here for the first time in a majestic tomb. This is accompanied by the text itself, along with 75 conjurations of the sun god. The text bears on on the right wall. The ceiling is adorned with birds whose heads are alternately marauders and snakes.
Chamber c. A big stairs was barge in the floor of stairwell C and large adjourns were cut in the walls above it. The Litany of Ra bears on, followed by the last division of the 3rd hour of the Imydwat. On the far side the adjourns, a figure of Isis kneelings below a accumbent Anubis jackal on the left wall. Nephthys is likewise posed on the right. Above the rear door is a figure of Ma’at and the cartouches of Seti I. In Corridor D, the 4th hour of the Imydwat appears on theright wall, the 5th hour on the left. Black ink abstracts mark the localisation of uncut recesses. A good deal on these walls has been gravely damaged, but when Belzoni first chaffered the tomb they were in most pristine circumstance.
Chamber e, with a good shaft, 6.7 metres (22 feet) deep, is adorned at the top on the left face with a exclusive row of bods showing the king being chaired by Harsiese ahead Isis,bidding wine to Hathor, and abiding before Osiris and the Mistress of the West. In the aright half of the chamber, a inducted bod of Osiris is abided by by Anubis and Harsiese and additional aspects similar to those on the left. The rear wall of the chamber primitively was barred with rock and brick, then addressed with cataplasm and multicolor, evidently in an try to thwart tomb robbers. On the far side the well shaft, Chamber f is a fourpillared chamber whose surrounds are adorned with the fifth hour (on the left) and the 6th hour (on the right) of the Book of Gates. In the bluer register, the souls of the dead are united with their mummies, and these belong on by snakeshaped bed. In the upper register, all-powerful defenders keep the snake Apophis from doing damage to the sun god. At the left front recess of the chamber is a besmirched conniption that, a century agone, was wellpreserved and among the277 bottom centre the snake APOPHIS, from the book of the gates .most-admired aspects in the tomb, oftentimes copied and annotated upon. It displays a row of westerly Asiatics, Nubians, Libyans, and Egyptians, appareled in traditional costume and assuming traditional hairdos. The white background knowledge on these face walls counterpoints with the rear wall wherever, against a yellow background, Seti is conduced by Horus before a figure of Osiris who's inducted before Hathor. A small section of this scene has lately been cleaned as a test by curators and reveals how affectedthe pigments have been by dust and humidness over the last three millennia. Acting clockwise approximately pillar 1 (front left), we see the king abiding before Ptah and adopted by Harsiese, and so Anubis, so the Mistress of the West.
On pillar two (rear left), the king is adopted by Ra-Harakhty, Shu, Serqet, and Isis. Pillar 3 (front line right) shows the king before a god, then Hathor, Harsiese, and Anubis. Finally, pillar 4 (rear right) shows the king with Atum, Nephthys, Neith, and Ptah-Sokar. Side CHAMBER FA, the two-pillared chamber on the far side, has a lower floor than chamber F and was adorned just with figures and texts adumbrated in black ink. It isn't absolved why these walls weren't painted like all other aspects in the tomb. Some have evoked that the chamber’s bare state, the jog in the tomb axis, and the possible action of blotting out the succeeding stairs aggregated to provide yet additional way of converting tomb robbers they had reached a dead end. The scenes are taken from the ninth, tenth, and 11 hours of the Imydwat. The accomplishment of the artist is telling: lines aredrawn with long and confident strokes.
Annotation on the left surround the figures of those who have broke by submerging and therefore ask special assist to enter into the netherworld. On the columns the king is displayed with Nefertum, RaHarakhty, Ma’at, and Atum; and with Ma’at, Osiris, Hathor, and Sokar-Osiris. A decorated stairs leads belt down to corridors g and h. Its aspects are acquired from the affording of the Mouth rite and display priests executing the ceremonies. They are appareled in the leopard abrade costumes of Iwnmutef priests and stand earlier royal statues. Great attention was taken in the picture of the leopard skin and the leopard-head-shaped clasp. Note as well the unusual way the priest accommodates the paw of the leopard in his left. This is among the bestdrawn agencies of the affording of the Mouth ceremonial to be found in the Valley of the Kings, but a lot was demolished by 19th century visitors who chopped pieces aside for consignment to European collections. Chamber I, the chamber antecedent the burial chamber, was named the Hall of Beauties by Belzoni since of its exquisitely painted bods of the king and assorted deities. Unluckily, the bosoms made by 19th century visitors earnestly besmirched the paint and stained the walls. What one ascertains today is a bare apparition of what once had been a masterpiece. Even so, the quality of the relief chipping at can still be looked up to, especially contingents of faces and hieroglyphs. On the left side of the chamber, the king is displayed seven times, adopted by Hathor, abiding before Anubis, extending to Isis, abiding ahead Harsiese, bidding to Hathor, standing before Osiris, and with Ptah. The right side is similar, exclude at the far end, where the king stands before Nefertum.Seti’s Burial Chamber J has 2 parts, a front dispense with six columns and a rear dispense with a lowered floor on which the sarcophagus primitively sat beneath a spectacular vaulted cap. The pillars are besmirched: one of them is dropping; others were cut up and removed to museums in Europe. Originally, all of them showed the king with assorted gods, letting in Iwnmutef, Osiris, Khepri, Thoth, Harsiese, Ptah-Sokar, Geb, Anubis, Shu, Ra-Harakhty, and the souls of Pe and Nekhen. The latter three are coiffed along the chief tomb axis. The walls in the upper, pillared part arrest texts and scenes from the Book of Gates, the 2nd and 5th hours on the left side, the third on the right.unofficially surrounds of the lower. Domed depart of the chamber, flew figures of Isis and Nephthys kneeling. flanked by cartouches of Seti I. The Imydwat starts with the 1st hour on the left surround in both a long and an abridged version. The 2nd hour can be ascertained on the rear surround, the third on the right.The domed ceiling is among the most telling in the Valley of the Kings. It addresses with astronomic subjects, many of them becloud. A hippo and a crocodile near the midplane of the ceiling are configurations the Egyptians placed in the northerly sky. Face chambers off both the upper and lower departs of the burial chamber are beautified with the 4th hour of the Book of Gates. The 1st right chamber is the Book of the Heavenly Cow.
The left back chamber has 2 columns painted with builds of Osiris, and copious wall medal that admits the 7th by ninth hours of the Imydwat.In the lower depart of chamber J, a square cavity was entrenched the floor, and into its back wall quarriers cut a belittled doorway. It leads into a constrict, well-carved tunnel broadening at least 100 metres (325 feet) at a steep downwardly angle into the bedrock. When Belzoni entered the tomb, the tunnel was completely filled with compact detritus. It allay has been just partially dug up, so its elemental address is unknown. A few have carried the hope that burial chamber J Isn't actually the burial position of Seti I but a assumed chamber entailed to fool tomb robbers. The burrow, they claim, leads to the real burial localize deep inside the mountain, and is still filled up with treasure. This appears improbable. Most Egyptologists argue that the burrow was designated to join the burial of Seti I to well water, and was alike to what Seti I had acted in the Osireion at Abydos, wherever the burial of Osiris was symbolically conjoined to the aboriginal waters of conception.
The Valley of the Kings, Tombs List
KV1, The tomb of Ramesses VII
KV2, The tomb of Ramesses IV