Funerary Cone Inscribed for Merymose



Funerary Cone Inscribed for Merymose


1390-1353 BC


New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reign of Amenhotep III
Egypt, Thebes


4 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (11.4 x 8.5 x 6.4 cm)

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Funerary cones were common decorative elements on the superstructures of tombs in the Theban necropolis, with uninscribed examples dating from as early as the Middle Kingdom. The form became more elaborate during the New Kingdom, when the name and titles of the tomb owner were stamped onto the flat end of the cone. Dozens of the imprinted cones were then inserted in rows above the tomb entrance. This arrangement was designed to imitate roof beams protruding from the front of the superstructure.

This cone adorned the tomb of Merymose (TT383), the viceroy of Kush during the reign of Amenhotep III.

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Museum purchase


Africa's Egypt, Memphis Museum System, Memphis, TN, February 20 - September 24, 1999
Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2001), 25.


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