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Who Or What Is Werethekau ‘Great of Magic’? A Problematic Inscription (UC 16639)

Mekawy Ouda, AM; (2013) Who Or What Is Werethekau ‘Great of Magic’? A Problematic Inscription (UC 16639). Papers from the Institute of Archaeology , 23 (1) 8 - 8. 10.5334/pia.424. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I investigate the identity of Werethekau through a previously unpublished limestone block at the Petrie Museum (UC 16639). It is not recorded when or where this block was found; the context, a central and identifying feature for the archaeological discipline, is lost (Johnson 1999: 107). The Petrie Museum records do not include the method or date of acquisition. I will focus here on the following questions: What does this object represent? Who is Werethekau? Is it an epithet for a goddess, or a name for a material object, or for a goddess frequently associated with the coronation of the king? The discussion also introduces the approach on which I rely for the identification of the object and its chronology. A further aim in this publication is to bring the object to the attention of a wider readership of scholars of Egyptian archaeology in an attempt to find the missing parts.

Type: Article
Title: Who Or What Is Werethekau ‘Great of Magic’? A Problematic Inscription (UC 16639)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/pia.424
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/pia.424
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469640
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