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A Compendium of Egyptian Funerary cones
By Gary Dibley and Bron Lipkin
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.
These artefacts, many of which are available on the antiquities market are not only a valuable information resource for Egyptologists but a really interesting type of artefact for collectors
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In 1957 M.F.Laming Macadam published the work of the then 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 try and match known cones to known tombs but sadly this never occurred.
The authors of this book hope that this publication will go some way in filling this void in a book that will be of use to scholars and laymen alike.
The facsimile drawings are reproduced with a transliteration/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 "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.
302 pages with 23 colour plates.
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.
To see the birth of a book, particularly a useful one..... is, to say the least, one of the great pleasures of life. .........
.(They) undertook extensive research, gathering related data from a wide variety of books, journal articles and even unpublished theses.
Such dedication is most certainly admirable and makes the book well researched, reliable and useful.
....to produce the present important publication.
Professor of Egyptology
Director, the Australian Centre for Egyptology
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