Funerary cone of Djeser-ka

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 558


Height x diameter: 7.9 x 7 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing. Head stamped with three horizontal lines of hieroglyphs with dividing lines. Text identifies the owner as “Scribe of Grain Accounting of Amen, [Djeser-ka]” (sS Hsb-it n Imn [Dsr-kA]). Stamp not centered, such that bottom line of impression largely missing (but known from parallels). Surviving stamp impression well preserved.

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 same owner see: Res. 72.267, Res.72.268, Res.72.270, Res.72.271, Res.72.272, Res.72.273, Res.72.274, Res.72.275, Res.72.276, Res.72.277, Res.72.1767, 72.1767.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #559.


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