Funerary cone of Ibi

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 610

Dimensions

Length x diameter: 12.7 x 8.9 cm (5 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.331

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay carrying circular stamp on the head with traces of red paint especially along the outer edge. Impressed image shows two columns of raised hieroglyphic text flanked by kneeling male figures with arms raised in a pose of adoration; topped by a solar bark.

Left column text: “True Acquaintance of the King, His Beloved, Ibi, (son of?) the God’s Father, God’s Beloved Ankh-hor.”

Right column text: “Chief Steward of the Divine Adoratrice, Ib(a)

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 cones belonging to the same tomb owner see also: 72.1814; Res. 72.332.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #610.

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