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The Gold name (Gold Horus name)

Since the Twelfth Dynasty the Gold name or Gold Horus name is attested in its classical form: the hieroglyph for gold with a falcon upon it. This kind of name was called rn n nbw (name of gold). In the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC) the form of the name varied. Already for Djer a name composed from the word nbw - 'gold' is attested. The main element of the name was at this time the gold sign, which could be combined with other words.

Gold Horus name of Amenhotep III, from stela found at Thebes (Petrie 1897: pl. XI)


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