Funerary cone of Tuer

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 57

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 3.1 x 6 cm (1 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1795

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish-buff clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing; traces of red paint and white priming. Circular stamp on head has four columns of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner. Fragment of head broken off and stamp impression somewhat worn.

Translation of text:
“One honored
by Osiris, Chief of the Medjay
Tuer
 True-of-Voice”

Transliteration:
imAxy xr
Wsir Hry-MaDAw
Tw-r
MAa xrw

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 #57.

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