Funerary cone of Userhat

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Davies & MacAdam 415


Height x diameter: 18.7 x 7.6 cm (7 3/8 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Funerary cone of reddish clay. Circular stamp on head shows four horizontal registers of hieroglyphic text identifying the owner. Fragment of head and stamped text missing.

Translation of text:
“One honored by Osiris
Wab-priest, Scribe of the Treasury of Amen,
Userhat, son of the Scribe
of the Treasury Nebwau”

ImAxy xr Wsir
wab sS-HD n I(mn)
Wsir-HAt sA sS-
HD Nb-Wa(w)

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 #415.


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