Funerary cone of Amenemopet (called Tjanefer)

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, Possibly from tomb 297, Asasif

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 73

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.5 x 7.3 cm (4 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1775

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay; portion of tapering cone element broken off and missing; traces of red paint. Circular stamp on head carries four columns of hieroglyphic text that identify the owner.

Translation of text:
“One honored by
Osiris, Scribe of Grain Accounting of
Amen, Overseer of Fields, Amen-
emopet, called Tja-nefer.”

Transliteration:
imAxy xr
Wsir sS Hsb-it n
Imn imy-r AHwt Imn-
m-ipt Dd n.f TA-nfr

Funerary cones were components of a frieze, inserted above the doors of private tombs, particularly in the Theban region. They have been variously interpreted as: name-plates of sorts to identify the tomb owner, decorative memorials, boundary markers for a tomb, dummy bread loaves or meat offerings, symbolic roof beams, or (for the visible circular head) depictions of the sun disk.

For another example of this tomb owner see: 72.1802.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #73.

Provenance

Probably from Asasif. By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way