Funerary cone of Amenhotep

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


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 151

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 5.3 x 8.3 cm (2 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.326

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 retains faint traces of red wash/paint and an off-centered circular stamped impression of hieroglyphic text in an undivided field. The text identifies the owner as “One Honored by Osiris, Acolyte of Amen of the 4th phyle Amenhotep, True-of-Voice” (imAxy xr Wsir imy-st-a n Imn Hr sA 4-nw 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.

For other examples of this tomb owner see: Res.72.325; Res.72.327; Res.72.328; Res.72.329; Res.72.330; 72.1812; 72.1813.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #151.

Provenance

Probably from Dra Abu el-Naga (Thebes). 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