Funerary cone of Userhat

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 255

Dimensions

Depth x length: 5.7 x 7.9 cm (2 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.281

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with majority of cone element broken off and missing. Deeply impressed circular stamp on the head with hieroglyphic text identifying the owner as “Overseer of the Cattle of Amen, Userhat” (imy-r iHw n Imn Wsir-HAt). Left portion of head missing fragment.

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 another example of the same owner see: 72.1774.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #255.

Provenance

Probably from Thebes (Dra Abu el-Naga). 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