New Kingdom to Late Period, Dynasty 18–30
Height x diameter: 6.1 x 10.2 cm (2 3/8 x 4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing. Circular stamp on head end with hieroglyphic text in an undivided field; impression is extremely faint and indistinct, but the text would be expected to identify the owner.
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.
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