Funerary cone of Amenemhat

Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty 21–30
1070–332 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 395


Height x diameter: 3.1 x 7.9 cm (1 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with tapering cone element broken off and missing; traces of light priming. Circular stamp on head with four horizontal registers of raised hieroglyphic text identifying owner.

Translation of text:
“Osiris Overseer of Scribes, Overseer of Household Goods
Amenemhat, True-of-Voice, son(?) of the Chamberlain(?)
Amenirdis, True-of-Voice and his mother, Lady of the House Djed-
mutesankh, True-of-Voice. May he rise at
dawn like the god everyday.

Wsir imy-r sS(w) imy-r imy(w)t-pr
Imn-m-HAt mAa xrw sA(?) imy-xnt (?)
Imn-ir-di-s mAa xrw mwt.f nb.t-pr Dd-
Mwt.s-anx mAa xrw dwA.f-nTr m
dwAyt my nTr ra nb

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 #395.


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