About the Book

Egyptian funerary cones were used on the facade of some tombs of high ranking officials buried in the Theban necropolis from the 18th to the 26th dynasty.

Cones have stamped hieroglyphic impressions on their bases giving details of the owner's name and title[s] and are a valuable information resource for Egyptologists.

In 1957 M.F. Laming Macadam published the work of the late N. de Garis Davies in a book titled A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones. He provided 611 facsimile drawings of cones known at the time. It had been his intention to produce a further study of the texts and to match cones to known tombs but sadly this never occurred.

We hope that this publication will go some way to filling this void, as a book that will be of use to scholars and laymen alike.

The facsimile drawings within this book are reproduced with a transliteration and translation of the owner’s name, title[s] and any other information provided on the cone with a note of the tomb number if known. The index contains a referenced Tabulation of information regarding each cone. A further number of cones which have been published or located since the publication of Macadam’s book are added to the corpus.

Book Details

302 pages with 23 colour plates. Subjects included: cone materials, manufacturing process, sizes and shapes, placement, numbers per tomb, geographical distribution, comparison of tombs with and without cones, layout of texts, statistical analysis of names and titles, most common titles, sub groups by title, bibliography (77 sources), selected list of titles, epithets and other formulae (127 in number), index of cone owners by name (alphabetical with transliterations).

The Authors

Gary Dibley: Some twenty five years ago Gary held his first funerary cone and was immediately taken in by these relatively little understood but fascinating antiquities. In order to get a better understanding of these objects, he undertook a course in hieroglyphs at Macquarie University in Sydney which only deepened his interest. He went on to visit museums throughout the world, including Egypt, but found with few exceptions that little space, if any, was given to the display of funerary cones. One of his deepest desires was to make the knowledge of what is known about funerary cones available, in a single reference work that would be accessible to everyone, scholar and laymen alike. It was when he fortuitously made contact with Bron Lipkin that this desire was translated into reality.

Dr. Bron Lipkin: Bron, a retired medical practitioner, has had a long interest in ancient history and has collected ancient artefacts for very many years. Since his retirement from medical practice in 2002 he has become an antiquities dealer and is a member of the Antiquities Dealers Association. After acquiring a number of funerary cones in his own collection and having a copy of the very hard to find book by Davies & Macadam he had the thought to re-publish this important work, updated and with full transliterations and translations. At this time he met Gary and was delighted to discover that someone else had the same thoughts. So began a long and interesting collaboration.

Dr. Julie Masquelier-Loorius: Julie is a French Egyptologist and is highly experienced in the field of philology. She has worked in Egypt and participates regularly in archaeological missions to that country. Julie reads and writes in various languages, including Egyptian hieroglyphs in all its forms. She has teaching experience at the Sorbonne in Paris and has written many papers on Egyptology. With this experience and expertise in mind Julie was invited to work on the translation of the funerary cones for this publication.