Superstructure of Ptahemwia's tomb

View over the tomb of PtahemwiaThe tomb of Ptahemwia has a length of 16 m and is 10.5 m wide. It was built in mudbrick and has preserved a considerable part of its limestone paving, wall revetment, and architectural elements. Most walls still stand to a height of approximately 2 m. The eastern entrance wall has a battered face and may once have been shaped as a temple pylon . It is followed by an inner courtyard with a peristyle of twelve papyriform columns and a shaft to the underground burial chambers. The courtyard is followed by three offering chapels. The central chapel is preceded by an antechapel with two papyriform columns that once supported a roof with a small mudbrick pyramid on top. It has a limestone floor and limestone wall revetment, whereas the side-chapels just have mud floors and mud-plastered walls.

The original reliefs and inscriptions have been preserved in the northern half of the tomb only. The lower parts of two doorjambs on the west side of the entrance doorway show the tomb owner in high relief sitting behind an offering table. The north half of the east wall shows artists' sketches in red ink and some unfinished relief lines, as does the adjacent east part of the north wall of the courtyard. The rest of the north wall has preserved its fine sunk reliefs in Amarna style, which still show part of their original colours. To the right is a scene of Ptahemwia supervising an estate where farmers are ploughing the fields. While Ptahemwia speaks to a number of officials, his Nubian escort, charioteer, and sandal-bearer stand to attention. An adjacent scene shows Ptahemwia's tent, where a servant pours a drink to his wife Maia. Further to the left there is a final scene of priests performing the ritual of opening the mouth and presenting food offerings to the deceased and his wife. The latter are accompanied by other members of the family, whereas two monkeys under the wife's chair are eating dates and grapes. In the offering chapels only the relief scenes in the entrance and on the north wall of the central chapel have survived. These scenes depict part of the funeral of the deceased (including a representation of the tomb itself), as well as some workshops.