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Stela Fragment of Pay Adoring Re-Harakhty

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Tutankhamun
Date:
ca. 1336–1323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara; Probably from Tomb of Pay and Raia
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 64.2 cm (25 1/4 in), W. 40.6cm (16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
04.2.527
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
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.
From right to left:

raw-Hr.w-Ax.tj nTr aA
Re-Harakhty, the great god

rD.t jA.w n raw-Hr.w-Ax.tj raw m Ax.t=f jn jm.j-r'-jp.t-nswt pAy mAa-xrw
Giving praise to Re in his horizon by the overseer of the royal (private) chamber Pay, true of voice
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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