Funerary cone of Nebwaw
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
Davies & MacAdam 63
Length x diameter: 15.2 x 7.6 cm (6 x 3 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off. Head carries a stamp with four divided columns of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner as “One Honored by Osiris, Scribe of the Treasury of Amen, Nebwaw.” Traces of red wash/paint.
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 #63.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way