Funerary cone of Djehuty-nefer

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 14

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 8.3 x 8.9 cm (3 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.286

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with tapering cone element missing and traces of red paint/wash. Circular stamp (rather indistinct) on head end has five divided columns fo hieroglyphic text identifying the owner as “One honored by Osiris, Scribe of Cattle & Fowl Accounting in the House of Amen, Djehuty-nefer, True-of-Voice, called Seshu (or Senu), True-of-Voice” (imaH Hr Wsir/sS Hsb-iHw Apdw m pr/Imn Dhwty-nfr mAa-Xrw nb/Dd.n.f sSw [or snw]/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 #14.

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