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Two Semi-Erased Kushite Cartouches In The Precinct Of Mut At South Karnak

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Claude Traunecker and Francoise Le Saout of the Centre Franco-Égyptien d'Étude des Temples de Karnak arranged for a latex cast to be made of the cartouche on the stela, and both they and Bill agreed that the traces must belong to Nefertumkhure, the prenomen of Taharqa. The same prenomen exists in a crypt in the Mut Temple. Temple A in the northeast sector of what became the Precinct of Mut also contains some badly damaged cartouches, probably or definitely of Dynasty XXV. During the Third Intermediate Period and later Temple A functioned as a mammisi, and the attribution of this building to Shabaqo and Taharqa leads to another point worth mentioning. The Lake Edifice of Taharqa by the sacred lake of the Amun Precinct at Karnak had strong links to solar-Osirian ideas of divine and royal renewal.

Keywords: Karnak; kushite cartouches; mammisi; Taharqa



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