Most interesting finds from Ptahemwia's tomb

  Old Kingdom statue
This lower part of a red granite statue was found in clean sand outside the courtyard of Ptahemwia's tomb. It depicts a man seated on a block-shaped seat without backrest. He is clothed in a short half-goffered kilt, the ‘gala kilt' of high officials of the Old Kingdom. To either side of the legs is an inscription on the front of the seat, specifying that the person represented had the rank of vizier. Unfortunately, the name is broken off with the front of the statue's plinth and its feet. However, the fragment can be closely dated to the Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 BC) and the only contemporary vizier with a tomb close to the New Kingdom necropolis was Minnofer. A sarcophagus of this vizier is now in the Leiden Museum.
  Coffin fragment
This fragment of the lid of a painted wooden coffin represents part of a lower arm. It still shows the radiating pattern and curved lines of a collar in black outlines, blue bands and white squares. The coffin from which this fragment came must have represented the deceased in the dress of daily life. Similar luxurious coffins were a fixed attribute of wealthy Ramesside burials. This indicates that there must have been burials of that period inside the west chapels of Ptahemwia's tomb, where this fragment was found.
  Faience shabti
This mummiform faience shabti was found in the fill of Ptahemwia's south chapel. Presumably it had just fallen in from the surface of the desert after the roof of the chapel had already collapsed. It is gazed inbright greenish blue with details in black. The front shows four concentric framed lines of hieroglyphs, with ablank column on back. The text mentions the owner of the shabti, the scribe of the granary of the palace (life, prosperity, health!), Amenemone. This official may have had a burial in the immediate vicinity of the tomb of Ptahemwia.
   

Scarab of Tuthmosis IV
This small scarab of white glazed steatite was the only inscribed object (apart from some decayed planks of a coffin) found in the lower chamber of Ptahemwia's subterranean complex. Its perforation is still filled with the remains of a corroded bronze ring. Such scarabs were worn on the finger and could be swivelled along a metal axis, so that they could also be used to stamp documents or clay sealings. The undersurface of this seal is inscribed with the throne name of pharaoh Tuthmosis IV (1402-1391 BC): Menkheperure, beloved of Amun. This indicates that the scarab must have been an heirloom, since the rest of the tomb dates to half a century later.