In terms of colour, it has been reported that most cones are entirely white, entirely red or painted red only on the stamped surface.

There also are, though rather unusual, blue (Daressy 1892: 270; Budge 1893: 218; Pellegrini 1902: 153; Bruyère 1924: 62; von Droste zu Hülshoff and Schlick-Nolte 1984: # 2293; 01-052, 01-106, and 01-271 in Davies's notebook; 03-039 in Macadam's Red file; 04-057 in his Green file.) and yellow (01-087, 01-131, 01-140, 01-252, and 01-283 in Davies's notebook; 04-006 and 04-093 in Macadam's Green file; Collins 1976 [JEA 62]: 34; an example in The Royal Ontario Museum, inventory number 993X2.88, and the one possessed by McGovern-Huffmann, EC6136, both seen below) cones. Generally speaking, since the outer surface of the tombs was covered with white plaster, it is possible that the cones were coloured so as to attract visitors.

Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum: 993X2.88

The cones of Davies & Macadam # 298 and # 312, which belonged to a couple, serve as evidence of the theory. Based on the observations at the British Museum, I found that the husband's (Nebseny) cone (Left: EA 62684) has a white surface and his wife's (Seniseneb) cone (Right: EA 62645) has a red one. These cones, at the time, were set side by side or were separated into a right half and a left half. Regardless, it can be stated that the Egyptians did not build monotonous tombs as is evident by the inclusion of such colourful elements.

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