Funerary cone of the Steward Khons - 993x2.79_1


Funerary cone of the Steward Khons

Medium:Unfired stamped clay
Geography: Undetermined Theban Tomb, Luxor, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
7.5 × 13 cm
Object number: 993X2.79
Not on view

Funerary cones are largely a New Kingdom Theban phenomenon, They are usually hand-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 the 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 funerary cone is made of Nile silt, hand-shaped with an impression of a small oval seal at the wide end. The seal impression is 5.5 x 3 cm. The seal impression inidcates that the cone belongs to the Steward Khons. Unfortunately we do not know the exact location of this man's tomb, although other funerary cones of his have been found in the Theban necropolis. In the middle of the circular face a small hole has been drilled (diameter 2 cm). Chips are missing from surface of cone. The cone is broken off at the end.

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