An Egyptian Funerary Cone for the Royal Scribe Huy, 18th Dynasty, ca 1550-1295 BC
Of conical form, the oval face with finely impressed text in raised relief reads: "The venerated one in the presence of Osiris, the king’s scribe Huy of Hut-heret-ib, true of voice".
Hut-heret-ib was a city in the 10th nome of Lower Egypt, near Athribis.
Royal Scribe & High steward of the 18th dynasty, Amunhotep called Huy, and son of the dignitary Hapu was celebrated throughout the remaining centuries of Egyptian history, long after his lifetime, as the exemplar of the wise counselor and honorable servant of the king. He seemed genuinely to be a man of exceptional probity and talents. He enjoyed an outstanding career as King’s Scribe, Scribe of Recruits and the ancient office of Overseer of all the workers of the King. The last appointment suggests that he was an architect and thus responsible for the immense building projects which Amenhotep III commissioned. The Zenith of his career came during his master’s (Amenhotep III) first sed or jubilee festival when among other honors, he took the role of the crown prince in a re-enactment of the king’s accession. He also oversaw the construction of the Colossi of Memnon. On his death at what was reputed to be of a very great age, the son of Hapu was given the singular honor for a commoner of a mortuary temple in western Thebes close by the temple dedicated to the perpetuity of the kings. Like theirs, Huy's temple was to be endowed for all time and his cult flourished at least into the period of the Ramesside kings. He was especially revered as a sage and many proverbs and sayings of wisdom were attributed to him. More than a thousand years after his death these were translated into Greek and he was worshipped as a god in Ptolemaic times.
cf: Macadam and Davies, "Corpus of Inscribed Funerary Cones," #65. Kampp 1996 p. 766 Vivo 2002 p. 27
Other known cones for this owner: #10 - The venerated on in the presence of Osiris, the hereditary prince Amunhotep called Huy, that celebrity throughout the land, son of the dignitary Hapu. (AB) (see: # 10 Kamp, 1996 P. 766 Varille 1968 pp. 104-111 Vivo 2002 P27 Tweeter & Wilfong 2003 P. 173 seal 279)
#40 - The venerated one in the presence of Osiris, the hereditary prince Amenhotep, son of the dignitary Hapu of Kemwer, true of voice. (Kemwer was a locale in the 10th nome of Lower Egypt, near Athribis) (see: #40 Kamp, 1996 P. 766 Varille 1968 pp. 104-111 Vivo 2002 P27 Tweeter & Wilfong 2003 P. 174 seal 280)
Tomb number: Kamp-396 Location of Tomb: Qurnet Murai
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Face Diameter: 6.5cm; Length: 20cm.
Provenance: Private collection of Dr. U. Mueller, Switzerland.