The King and His Tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV15)
The son of King Merenptah and Queen Isonofret, Seti II Userkheperure Setepenre, reigned during the unsettled times, which reflects in his tomb. The tomb is referred as KV 15 and is located in the Valley of the Kings. The temporary usurpation of the throne by Amenmeses made the reign of Seti 1unsettled and a short one. The name of his throne was Userkheperure Setepenre which meant Powerful are the Manifestations of Re, Chosen by Re. The wife of Seti I was Tausert who was buried in tomb KV 14 near his burial place.
The tomb of Seti II
The tomb of Seti II, referred as KV 15, is made in an area of 298 meters and has remained open for visitors since antiquity. The tomb however was cleared by Howard Carter in the early 20th century. The tomb’s entrance measuring 88 meters is cut directly into the cliff.
The tomb of Seti II represents a simple construction plan and has an entryway corridor which is followed by three corridors that are long which then end into a well room. The well room is followed by a hall that has four pillars that leads into a burial chamber that is make shift and where Seti II’s sarcophagus was found.
The abbreviated plan of the tomb and its unfinished state clearly depict the chaotic environment during the reign of this ruler. The Burial Chamber of the Tomb was at first intended to be a normal corridor but it was later adapted as a burial chamber with almost no changes made in the initial plan.
Decoration inside the tomb
The decoration of the tomb of Seti II was never really completed. But there are many scenes of the king with deities and also his wife in different realities. The carving at many places is not completed and some scenes are just in the preliminary stage which are just sketches done in red paint. Text from the books Litany of Re, Book of the Gates and Amdywat adorns the walls of the chambers.
The walls of the chamber where the king was buried are roughly painted with deities and with text from the Book of the Gates. The ceiling on the other hand is decorated with a winged figure of the goddess Nut.
The ceilings in the outer chambers are decorated with colored panels depicting vultures with wings spread. These scenes clearly shows how skillful were the artists during that time in carving and painting the royal tombs.
More about the tomb
It’s said that the mummy of Seti II was removed from the tombs during antiquity and is amongst those that were found in KV35’s cache. This sarcophagus is considered to be the smallest of any New Kingdom sarcophagus ever discovered. The top of the lid was found missing, along with the face of the King, but the head of the goddess Nut is currently on display in the Egyptian collection at the Louvre in Paris.
The tomb of Seti II can currently be visited by tourists coming to the Valley of the Kings.