Most interesting finds from Pay & Raia's tomb

Sarcophagus of Raia
The sarcophagus of Raia, Pay's son and successor, is certainly the most important object discovered in the tomb. When found during the clearing of the subterranean chambers in 1996, it had been broken into about 250 fragments by robbers. After a lengthy reconstruction in 1998, it is now kept for future display in the forecourt of the tomb. The sarcophagus box has a tapering shape with rounded head end which is rather rare in the New Kingdom. The lid depicts the mummy of the deceased with a striated wig, crossed hands, and tranverse bands with inscriptions. The decoration on the side-walls of the box is of a classical New Kingdom type and represents the four Sons of Horus, two forms of Anubis, and two Thoth figures. The representations have been painted yellow, which undoubtedly imitates gilding and has solar or supernatural connotations.

During the Late Period, the upper level of Pay's tomb-chambers was reused for the interment of numerous poor mummies. Some pottery vessels date these burials to the Saite Period, between the late 7th and the early 6th centuries BC. Several of these mummies must have been covered with bead nets, since thousands of faience cylinder and ring beads were retrieved from the fill of the burial-chambers. Such bead-nets often comprised certain amulets, and indeed a number of scarabs and figurines has been found as well. Among these objects was this beautiful mask, found in six pieces which were dispersed all over the tomb. The oval mask has threading holes along its circumference so that it could be integrated into a bead net. The features are indicated in raised relief with accents in black glaze. Although cloth or stucco masks are fairly common, no parallels for this object are known.