Oh, who could find the right prenomen
and honouring name for such longing!
Old Marmaduke, for this formidable prenomen
was a kind of appellative to the race, brought with him, to that asylum of the persecuted an abundance of the good things of this life.
They could not find any inscriptions on the front of the statue, but they did find some on the back of it: "Features of a cartouche, revealing the prenomen
These texts reward even the non-specialist with insights complementing the other visual material: With a little patience, one learns to recognize the hieroglyph--upraised arms bearing the image of the sun--for Hatshepsut's prenomen
Maatkare, which translates as "the proper manifestation of the sun's life force" (88).
Seated on a rectangular base rounded at the corners, his hands emerging from his enveloping cloak and crossed over his knees, holding a lettuce in his right hand, and wearing a short beard and double wig composed of striated strands radiating from the crown and echeloned rectangular curls in front, his face with broad nose, heavy-lidded eyes, and indented earlobes, the naos before him carved with the ram head of the god Amun-Ra surmounted by a uraeus and sun-disk, each side of the naos engraved with a standing divine figure, Mut on the right and Khonsu on the left, a line of inscription on the base of the naos, two columns of inscription on the black pillar, the prenomen
of Ramesses II on his right forearm.
Frith on graffiti: "On the right shoulder of the colossus is the prenomen
of Rameses II.
From centuries later, the New Kingdom is represented at Wadi el-Hol by the prenomen
of Tuthmosis III (WH35), the graffito of the Stable-master Pasaanuy (WH22), and most notably the formal epigraph (WH44) of the Second Prophet of Amun, Roma, almost certainly the famous later High Priest of Amun.
Such names as these or (perhaps most interestingly) "Patricio Velasquez," where the added Irish prenomen
is assimilated to the Spanish rather than remaining opposed to it, would be funny in any context (297; 244:191-92); they exemplify the breakdown of sense produced by the barflies' narrowed vision and played on by the oscillation between gigantic parody and demeaning pseudo-realism.
According to Cline, ten of the eleven fragments had Egyptian hieroglyphs or framing lines on both sides, giving the nomen and prenomen
of Amenhotep III.(2) An original length could not be estimated, as no more than three edges were preserved on any one fragment.