Pottery funerary cone of Senneferi

From the tomb of Senneferi, Thebes, Egypt
18th Dynasty, around 1420 BC

Funerary cones, fashioned out of baked clay, are among the most common objects found in the Theban necropolis (cemetery). They are often stamped on the round end with the name and title of the deceased. This example is broken off just above the stamped surface. Several different cones are known from the tomb of Senneferi. Funerary cones of other individuals have also been found at his tomb, probably accidentally incorporated in periods of reuse as a tomb and dwelling.

As is usual with these objects, none of the cones of Senneferi were found in their original location. Because they have not been found in their architectural context, funerary cones have been interpreted in various ways, including loaves of bread, roofing poles and boundary stones. Decorative scenes in Theban tombs show the façades of tombs, with a row of circular objects above. That these are probably funerary cones is confirmed by Eleventh Dynasty examples, found in this location. The pointed end of the cone was set into a thick layer of plaster, leaving the circular base visible.

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N. de G. Davies and M.F. Laming Macadam, A corpus of inscribed funerary (Oxford, printed for the Griffith Institute at the University Press, 1975)


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EA 62873



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