Funerary cone of Amenhotep and Qedetmeret

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Possibly from Thebes (Dra Abu el-Naga)

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 192


Height x diameter: 3.5 x 7.9 cm (1 3/8 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 end broken off and missing; traces of white priming. Head bears a square stamp with hieroglyphic text in three undivided columns identfying the owners as “Overseer of Craftsmen of Min and of Isis, Amenhotep, True-of-Voice and his sister, Lady of the House Qedetmeret” (imy-r Hmwt n Mnw n Ast Imn-Htp mAa xrw snt.f nb.t-pr Qdt-mrt).

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 same owners see: 72.1790, 72.1792.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #192.


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