Funerary cone of Reshepses

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 429


Height x diameter: 3.2 x 7.9 cm (1 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; tapering cone element broken off and missing. Four horizontal registers of hieroglyphic text on the head identify the owner. Portion of right side of head chipped away, including a small portion of text; edges chipped as well.

Translation of text:
“One honored by
Osiris, Royal Scribe, Overseer of Granaries
of Lower Egypt Re-shepses,

Wsir sS-nswt imy-r Snwt
nw TA-mHw Ra-Spss

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 another funerary cone of the same owner see: 72.1768.

Davies and Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones (1957), type #429.


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