Image: Ancient Egyptian funerary cone

Ancient Egyptian funerary cone

Ancient Egyptian earthenware funerary cone dated at 350 BCE.

The inscription, written in heiroglyphs, reads 'For the priest of Amen, Lord of Karnak, Shepmeth, the son of Hekebe'. Funerary cones were set into the space above the entrance to a tomb. They were inscribed with the name of the deceased so that he or she retained their identity in the afterlife.

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1 comment

Jaume - 8.10 AM, 30 October 2009
The owner of this cone seems to be Padiamunnebnesttawy. The translation could be: "The wife of the Third prophet of Amun Padiamunnebnesttawy, justified, Shepetenmut. (Their) two sons, prophet of Amun, lector-priest, god's scribe, Benithihor, prophet of Amun, Hor[emakh]bit". This cone corresponds to the type 401 of the corpus of Davies & Macadam.

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