Stela Fragment of Pay Adoring Re-Harakhty
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Tutankhamun
- ca. 1336–1323 B.C.
- From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara; Probably from Tomb of Pay and Raia
- H. 64.2 cm (25 1/4 in), W. 40.6cm (16 in)
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- Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
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The relief shows Pay, Overseer of the Royal (private) Chambers, raising his hands in adoration before the god Re-Harakhty to his right. The falcon headed deity is wearing a feathered corselet, a short kilt, and holding a was-scepter, while a sun-disk adorned by an uraeus is set above his head. Pay's pleated tunic and its fringed sash are characteristic of the late Eighteenth Dynasty and the Ramesside Period. Above them, part of a winged solar disk can still be seen.
Pay served in the royal residence in Memphis and placed his tomb in the elite necropolis in Saqqara nearby. Near Pay's tomb and in its vicinity, other parts of the stela were found .The upper part of the stela shows Pay adoring Re and most probably Atum, and its lower part contains hymns to Re, Atum, Thoth, and Maat, and an autobiographical text, in which Pay speaks of his eloquence and his just righteous. Pay's son, Raia, later succeeded his father in his role, and he continue to build the tomb and was also buried in it.