The material that the excavators discovered scattered around the box — and which is unlikely to have ever been inside it — included various artefacts. Despite their proximity, there is no absolute certainty that these items were originally placed in the same burial chamber as the papyri or were used together, although this seems probable. These artefacts are numbered here after the numbered items as published by Quibell in a plate which he described as only ‘some’ of the group (1898: 3, pl. 3; Fig. 1), with any other objects cited by Manchester Museum number only. In an unpublished catalogue of the Manchester collection compiled by Margaret A. Murray, all of these numbered items are designated as ‘Ramesseum XII Dynasty’, and Bourriau has suggested that some of the other catalogue entries with this same designation might have derived from the tomb.
The objects included:
Other items possibly from the tomb are the remains of containers:
Many of these objects are typical of a late Middle Kingdom burial, but as noted above it is uncertain to what extent all of the artefacts are exclusively funerary in function. For example, the use of such serpent-wands is shown in an early 17th-Dynasty tomb, where two women attending the tomb-owner and his wife hold wands and serpents. While this is from a funerary context, the fact that both are ‘nurses’ suggests a this-worldly aspect to the scene. The ivory wands arguably had a similar protective function among the living (Altenmüller 1965: I, 18–87; Bourriau 1988: 114–15; Gnirs 2009: 131–3), and the clappers are suggestive of performative rituals (cf. Bourriau 1988: 113–14; Gnirs 2009: 146–8).
At least some of these items may be magical equipment that had been used in life and were also secondarily intended to assist in the tomb-owner’s rebirth after burial. The serpent staff was worn thin and is now broken at the point where it would have been held (Ritner 2006: 207 n. 16), the djed is worn, and some of the ivory wands have been repaired and then cut down and re-shaped after breakages (items 1–3 = Manchester 1799, 1800, 1801; like many examples: e.g. Altenmüller 1965: I, 12–13). The base of the wooden figure also shows signs of having been adapted and altered at some point. Such wear and alterations suggest that these objects had had considerable function among the living before they were buried, and may thus record and display the tomb-owner’s activities in the necropolis.