Funerary cone of Djeser-ka

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 559


Length x diameter: 38.1 x 6.4 cm (15 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay, comrpised of two joining fragments; tapering cone element stil partially intact. Head end damaged considerably; originally carried a stamped impression, of which very little now remains (but is known from parallels): a small portion of the top of three horizontal lines of hieroglyphic text survives; originally identified the owner, reading: “Scribe of Grain Accounting [of Amen, Djeser-ka]” (sS Hsb-it [n Imn Dsr-kA]).

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 stamp & owner see: Res. 72.267, Res.72.268, Res.72.269, Res.72.270, Res.72.271, Res.72.273, Res.72.274, Res.72.275, Res.72.276, Res.72.1767, 72.1767.

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


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, 1782)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way