About this object

A complete pottery funerary cone, stamped on the round end with the name and title of the deceased. The hieroglyphic inscription reads: "Revered one before Osiris, king's son of Kush, Merymose". Merymose (Mr-ms) was the viceroy of Kush (Upper Nubia) in the reign of Amenhotep III and his tomb is at Thebes, no. TT 383. There is extensive white paint or plaster on the stamped end.

In the past funerary cones in this museum have been interpreted as models of loaves of bread for the dead. However, current thinking is that these cones were inserted into plaster above tomb entrances, leaving the stamped end exposed. They are mainly found in the Theban area and date from the Middle Kingdom through to the Late Period.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1390 - 1352 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Amenhotep III)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Professor Aylward Manley Blackman, 1936
  • Collector
    Aylward Manley Blackman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    Before 1936
  • Measurements
    81 mm x 74 mm x 185 cm
  • Note
    The museum lost 2 funerary cones of Mermose during World War two (M11267 and M11270).
  • Related people
    Aylward Manley Blackman (Collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • A corpus of inscribed Egyptian funerary cones

    Davies, Norman de G., and Macadam, M. F. L.

    Author: Davies, Norman de G., and Macadam, M. F. L.
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 1957

  • 'Recueil de cones funéraires' in Mémoires publiés par les membres de la mission archéologique Française au Caire 8

    Daressy, G.

    Author: Daressy, G.
    Publisher: L'Institut Français D'Archéologie Orientale.
    Date: 1892
    Description: An article called Recueil de cones funéraires' in MMAF volume 8, pages 269-352.


Previous owners

  • Aylward Manley Blackman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1936-09-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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