New Kingdom to Late Period, Dynasty 18–30
Height x diameter: 2.8 x 8.3 cm (1 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Funerary cone fragment of buff clay with tapering cone end broken off and missing. Head end carries a circular stamp that is almost entirely faded and rather indistinct, but impressed hieroglyphic text (arranged in five divided columns) are 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