Funerary cone of Hapuseneb

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 21

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.1 x 8.8 cm (1 5/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.1787

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay; much of tapering cone element broken off and missing. Circular stamp on head with five columns of hieroglyphic text.

Translation of text:
“Hapuseneb
High Priest of Amen, Overseer of Prophets of Upper and Lower Egypt
High Priest of Amen, Overseer of All the King’s Works
Hapuseneb
 True-of-Voice”

Transliteration:
Hapw-snb
-nTr tpy n Imn imy-r Hmw-nTr nw Smaw MHw
Hm-nTr tpy n Imn imy-r kAt nb(t) n(y)t nswt
Hapw-snb
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 #21.

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