Tomb of Siptah (KV47)

Near the tomb of Seti II in the south-west branch of the Valley, is the burial place of his son Siptah Akhenre Setepenre of Dynasty XIX.

A central ramp descends between a stone-cut staircase into the wide corridors of Siptah’s tomb. At each side of the entrance, carved in sunk relief and painted, is a winged image of Ma’at protecting the king’s cartouches. These were erased in antiquity and subsequently restored. The now traditional scene of the sun disc with scarab and ram-headed god between the kneeling Isis and Nephthys is beautifully painted, as is the depiction of the king receiving life from Re-Horakhty. Further down the first corridor a text from the ‘Litany of Re’ survives on the right-hand wall and carries on into the next corridor. The ceiling is decorated with depictions of flying vultures and serpents. The paintings in the tomb are now protected by glass panels.

Vulture ceiling in the First corridor

In the next corridor there is more of the ‘Litany of Re’ and scenes of Anubis, with Isis and Nephthys. These two goddesses are also depicted as birds on the ceiling.

Siptah with Anubis, Isis and Nephthys

The rest of the tomb was badly damaged by flooding both in antiquity and recently and most of the decoration is now gone, although fragments of paint still appear here and there, as well as masons guide-lines in red paint presumably for work which was never completed.

At the end of the tomb is a transverse burial chamber, rough and undecorated, but still containing the red granite cartouche-shaped outer sarcophagus of the king. Vertical masons’ marks on the north wall reflect the row of four pillars along the south wall as though it was intended that more pillars were to be cut.

Sarcophagus of Siptah


The tomb of Siptah is currently open to visitors. Tickets for the King’s Valley cost EGP 80 for three tombs and can be bought at the gate. Photography inside the tombs is strictly forbidden and can incur heavy fines. There is a little train – the taftaf – that runs from the coach park to the entrance to the monument area and costs EGP 2.

~ by Su on February 5, 2009.

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