Funerary cone of Heby

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
1390–1352 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 15


Height x diameter: 5.7 x 7.9 cm (2 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 portion of tapering cone end broken off and missing; faint traces of red wash/paint. Circular stamp on head end carries five divided columns of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner.

Translation of text:
One Honored by Osiris
Scribe of Cattle Accounting of Amen through the Nomes of Upper & Lower Egypt
Heby, True-of-Voice, son of the Scribe of Cattle
Accounting of Amen, Senmes, True-of-Voice
Born of the Lady of the House Rui

ImAxy xr Wsir
sS Hsb-iHw n Imn xt xt spAwt Smaw mHw
Hby mAa xrw sA sS
Hsb-iHw n Imn sn-ms mAa xrw
ms n nbt-pr Rwi

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 #15.

For other examples of this tomb owner see: Res.72.315; Res.72.317.


Probably from 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