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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Journey to the Field of Reeds: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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Funerary ConeFunerary Cone

Funerary cones were inserted above the entrance of tomb chapels. The exact function of the cones is unclear, though they were inscribed with a brief message, usually the name and professional title of the tomb owner. The inscription on this cone translates: “Revered before Osiris, the (?) of Amun, the Scribe, Nakht; his sister, the singer of Amun, Tawy.”

Funerary Cone
Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18,
1412–1403 B.C.E.
From Tomb of Nakht, Thebes
Terracotta
(71.16)

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