Funerary cone of Amenemopet (called Tjanefer)

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

Object Place: Egypt, Thebes (Asasif), Possibly tomb 297

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 73


Height x diameter: 3.8 x 7.3 cm (1 1/2 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay; portion of tapering cone element broken off and missing; traces of red paint. Circular stamp on head with four columns of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner.

Translation of text:
“One honored by
Osiris, Scribe of Grain Accounting of
Amen, Overseer of Fields, Amen-
emopet, called Tja-nefer.”

imAxy xr
Wsir sS Hsb-it n
Imn imy-r AHwt Imn-
m-ipt Dd n.f TA-nfr

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 this tomb owner see: 72.1775.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #73.


Probably from Thebes (Asasif), possibly tomb 297. 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