Funerary cone of Amenhotep

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


Object Place: Egypt, Likely from Thebes (Dra Abu el-Naga)

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 210

Dimensions

Height x diameter.: 5.1 x 8.3 cm (2 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.318

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing. Head end carries a circular stamp with three divided columns of hieroglyphic text (somewhat off-centered, but whole text known from parallels) to identify the owner as “The Osiris Steward of Amen, High Priest of (Queen) Nefertari, Steward Amenhotep, True-of-Voice” (Wsir imy-r pr n Imn Hm-nTr tpy n nfri-try imy-r pr Imn-Htp mAa xrw).

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 #210.

Provenance

Probably from Dra Abu el-Naga. 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