Funerary cone of Seneb
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose I or later
Davies & MacAdam 372
Height x diameter: 3.2 x 7.3 cm (1 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing. Head end carries a circular stamp (quite indistinct) with hieroglyphic text (very faint) in undivided field. Text identifies the owner as “First Prophet of Aakheperkare (King Thutmose I), Seneb.” Small fragments broken away from edge.
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 #372.
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 8, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way