Funerary cone of Neferhotep and Amenhotep

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 359

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 3.8 x 8.6 cm (1 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4737

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with most of tapering cone element sawed off and missing; traces of white priming. Circular stamp impression on head with an undivided register, identifying owners as: “Fourth Prophet of Amen, Neferhotep, True-of-Voice” and “his wife, Amenhotep.” (Hm-ntr 4-nw n Imn Nfr-Htp MAa-xrw Hmt.f Imn-Htp). Fragment broken from top left.

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 the same owner see: RES.72.264, 72.1763, RES.72.265.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #359.

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