Funerary cone of Hekanefer

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 393

Dimensions

Length x diameter: 15.5 x 8.3 cm (6 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.283

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with cone element partially intact. Slight traces of red paint. Head carries a circular stamp with hieroglyphic text arranged in five horizontal registers. Owners are identified as the “Overseer of Wab-priests of Amen of the Royal Ka of MenKheperre, in the offering chamber(?) Hekanefer (and) his wife, his beloved Tadedes… .”

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 ##393.

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