Goddess Hathor from the Tomb of Seti I (KV17)

Detail of the face of Goddess Hathor, with cobra earring, who, in this full relief, is seen welcoming Seti I to the afterlife with a protective menat necklace.

The relief was taken from Seti I’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, by Champollion. However, this may not have been an act of “treasure hunting”, but perhaps an act of conservation, as the tomb had been flooded after Belzoni’s opening a year previous and much damage had taken place.

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, c. 1294-1279 B.C.

Tomb of Seti I (KV17), Valley of the Kings.

The full piece is famously on display at the Musée du Louvre. N 124 ; B 7 ; Champollion n°1