Funerary cones (small cones made from clay) are an Ancient Egyptian artifact, almost exclusively in the Thebannecropolis, placed over the entrance of the chapel of a tomb. Early examples have been found from the Eleventh Dynasty, but are generally undecorated. During the New Kingdom, they were reduced in size and inscribed with the title and name of the tomb owner, often with a short prayer. The exact purpose of the cones is unknown.
Views of funerary cones
Base of cone, containing two columns of hieroglyphs in registers. (Excellent condition; note seal-with-cording, and vertical drill for stone pots. Deserving, or 'True of Voice'-(for the deceased) ends the reading, at column 1-(from right, column 2, then column 1).)
(A smaller cone appears on the lower left.)