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    Glazed steatite oval plaque inscribed on one side with the prenomen of Amenhotep 2 and epithets surrounded by uraei, longitudinally pierced, the other side inscribed with the name of Amen and decorated with other symbols divided into three panels of hieroglyphs with at right a wedjat eye between heart and horns (?), at centre the legend `Amun the primeval' and in the left panel the epithet vivifier of my (?) child.


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    • Height: 0.41 centimetres
    • Length: 1.61 centimetres
    • Width: 1.16 centimetres
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        both sides
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        ib(.i) wdʒt(.i) ʿʒ (?) ʿbwy Imn pʒwty sʿnḫ ẖrd(.i)
      • Inscription Translation

        my desire (?) my health (?) the great (?) of horns Amun the primeval vivifier of my child (?) Titles/epithets include : Good God; Lord of the Two Lands Titles/epithets include : He Who Is Primeval
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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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