Funerary cone of Neferhotep

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Possibly Thebes (Sheikh Abd el-Qurna)

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 301


Height x diameter:14.9 x 7.3 cm (5 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay with tapering cone partially broken off. Circular stamp on head with hieroglyphic text in undivided register to identify the owner. The text reads: “Fourth Prophet of Amen, Neferhotep, True-of-Voice” (Hm-nTr 4-nw n Imn nfr-Htp 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.

For other examples of this tomb owner see: Res.72.339; Res.72.340; 72.1816; 72.1817; 72.1818.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #301.


Probably from Thebes (Sheikh Abd el-Gurna). 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