Funerary cone of the Overseer of hunters Amunemope - 993x2.65_1


Funerary cone of the Overseer of hunters Amunemope

Medium:Unfired clay impressed with stamp seal
Geography: Unknown tomb, probably from western Thebes, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: Dynasties 18-20, New Kingdom Period
7 × 16.5 cm
Object number: 993X2.65
Not on view
Descriptionhand-made of clay and the flat base of the cone is impressed with a seal containing the name and titles of the tomb owner, which therefore appear in relief. The cones seem to have originally been placed above the entrance of the owner's tomb, with the pointed end inserted into the ground or plaster and flat end being visible to those visiting the tomb. Friezes made of upward of 300 cones seem to have formed exterior decoration of many of the Theban tombs, especially in the 18th Dynasty. Representations of these cone friezes have been found in some of the Theban tombs. Unfortunately, none of the actual cone friezes remain intact today. Cones have been found in at least one instance lining the court of a tomb.
This cone is stamped with a text identifying the Chief bowman and Overseer of hunters Amenemope. The exact location of his tomb is unknown, possibly it is in the area of Dra Abu el-Naga in western Thebes. The cone is made of a silt clay and the front surface has been decorated with a red pigment.
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