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Egyptian New Kingdom Terracotta Funerary Cone

Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom Period, ca. 1550 to 1070 BCE. A coarse, hand-built terracotta funerary cone with a cylindrical form, a fractured lower body, and a stamped circular face with four columns of hieroglyphic text surrounded by white pigment in low relief. Funerary cones, representing the ends of chapel roof support beams, were traditionally inserted in rows with their flat ends facing outward above the mud-brick entrances of the superstructures of non-royal tombs in Thebes. Made from fired Nile mud, cones like this example are some of our earliest written records. Most are found in the Theban Necropolis in Upper Egypt and the surrounding area, where the tradition seems to have been particularly strong. Size: 5.25" L x 3" W (13.3 cm x 7.6 cm).

Condition: Lower half missing. Minor nicks to body and face, with fading to hieroglyphic text and original white pigment. Nice earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection; ex-private Beverly Hills, California, USA collection, acquired via descent from grandmother

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