Funerary cone of Amenhotep

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 52

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.1 x 7.6 cm (1 5/8 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

72.1793

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay; majority of tapering cone end sawed off and missing. Cuircular stamp on head carries four columns of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner.

Translation of text:
“One honored by
Osiris, his wife, Lady of the House Amenhotep
begotten of Wab-priest of Amen,
 Amenemhat”

Transliteration:
imAxy.t xr
Wsir Hmt.f nb.t-pr Imn-Htp
ir.n wab n Imn
 Imn-m-HAt

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.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #52.

Provenance

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way