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  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.03984
  • Object nameFunerary cone
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
  • Date-1550 / -1069
  • PeriodNew Kingdom (Egypt)
  • MaterialEarthenware (Ceramics > Categories)
  • DimensionsHeight: 12 cm, Width: 8,5 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The “funerary cones”, that started appearing in the 11th dynasty, mostly in Thebes, are in fact seals with a special shape with a short sacrificial formula on their base, or just the titles and name of the deceased. They are found not only inside or nearby the grave of the beneficiary, but also in sanctuaries where the sacrifices for the gods are for the good of the deceased as well. This example was bought by J. Capart in Cairo, in 1901. It carries on its base two flatted circles in the shape of a cartouche which mentions the owner and his wife. It dates from the New Kingdom.