Inv. n°: MMoCA9MA

Wall Rubbing of the Head of Seti I

Wall rubbing of Seti I wearing a wig and the sacred uraeus, the rearing cobra used as a sign of sovereignty or divine authority. The rubbing was taken by Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1823) with Alessandro Ricci in 1817-1820 for his exhibition in the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London in 1822.

h. 81.3 x w. 111.8 cm 




  • Formerly sold by the Queen's booksellers-Maggs Bros, London
  • Ex private English collection of books and antiquities
  • Acquired at BD Mcmanamon Bookseller, Preston, 24th November 2008


  • P. Clayton, "Ancient Egypt" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 37, fig. 8
  • M. Merrony, Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins. La collection de la famille Levett., France, 2012
  • V. Bougault, "L’Antiquité au goût du jour", Connaissance des arts, France, July/August 2012, p. 116
  • Exhibition Poster, Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 11th October 2017 to 15th April 2018
  • J. H. Taylor, "The Great Belzoni", Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, UK, November/December 2017, p. 19, fig. 11
  • History Revealed, London, 22nd March 2018
  • Egyptian Street, 2017-07-27, [on-line] available at:
  • "Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharoah Seti I – Sir John Soane’s Museum, London", The Salterton Arts Review, 2018-02-03, [on-line] available at:
  • Meetup, 2018-04-15, [on-line] available at:


  • Egyptian Hall, London, England, 1822 — 1822
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, England, 11th October 2017 — 15th April 2018

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