Funerary cone of Djeser-ka

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 559

Dimensions

Length x diameter: 55.9 x 16 cm (22 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.72.268

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone end intact. Head stamped with three horizontal lines of hieroglyphs with dividing lines. Text identifies the owner as “Scribe of Grain Accounting of Amen, [Djeser-ka]” (sS Hsb-it n Imn [Dsr-kA]). Fragment chipped away from bottom of head. Bottom of stamp either broken away and edges subsequently worn, or stamp originally not centered well, such that bottom line of impression largely missing (known from parallels). Surviving stamp impression worn substantially.

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 other examples of same owner see: Res. 72.267, Res.72.269, Res.72.270, Res.72.271, Res.72.272, Res.72.273, Res.72.274, Res.72.275, Res.72.276, Res.72.277, Res.72.1767, 72.1767.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #559.

Provenance

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