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5925.**SOLD** A very interesting Egyptian motto scarab

 
 
 
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A very interesting Egyptian motto scarab with a rather
contentious reading.



13mm



Intact



Late New Kingdom, 19th -20th dynasties.



 



It's very difficult to translate sentences or mottos
which are generally shorthand or with cryptic meanings.



 



This one for instance, which is known in several
variants, is read by Petrie: "A son by Pakht, lady of increase, Ptah
giving (it) strength"  



This is puzzling interpretation.



 



Drioton translates: "c'est Ptah qui ouvre toute
bonne action"



 



Keel 4 transliterates: mdw <.t> nb <.t> nfr
<.t> dd PtH Hr <.s> m wsr and translates: "Jedes gute Werk, Ptah belohnt es
reichlich", along the lines of Drioton's 
interpretation. 

 



Rowe transliterates: nfr PtH r Hr nb m dd(w)wsr and
translates: "(how) good is Ptah more than every countenance in giving
power".



 



All that is a measure of how difficult it is to agree
unequivocal interpretations though the basic Drioton reading is broadly
accepted.

Price: sold GBP

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