Funerary cone of Montuemhat

Late Period, Dynasty 25–26, reign of Taharqo/Psamtik I
690–610 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 486


Height x diameter: 4.8 x 8.9 cm (1 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone fragment of reddish clay with tapering cone element missing. Circular stamp on head with four divided rows of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner (quite worn and faint at lower right extreme).

Translation of text:
“Fourth Prophet of Amen, Mayor
of The City Montuemhat, True-of-Voice, son
of the Prophet of Amen, Scribe of the Offering Table of the temple of Amen, Mayor of The City Nes-Ptah, True-of-Voice”

Hm-nTr 4-nw Imn HAty-a
n niwt Mn-T(w)-m-HAt mAa xrw sA
Hm-nTr Imn sS xAt pr-Imn HAty-a n
niwt ns-PtH mAa xrw

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 #486.


Probably from Tomb 34, Asasif. 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