- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
That graffito is odd about that: if it's dated to Year 3 of Neferneferuaten ... usually this would indicate that Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten was alive ... this would suggest that the "Hwt" was dedicated to a dead Smenkhkare. Anyway there was an active Hwt, clearly dedicated to a living personage ... the Hwt-benben [obviously not "Hwt-Nefertiti"!]. Personally I wondered if the Hwt-benben didn't become the Hwt-Ankhkheperure, with a direct dedication to the living Monarch.I am with those who consider Smenkhkare the successor of Akhenaten [and his son]. He and Meritaten are the obvious choices for the next king and queen and a coregency between Akhenaten and Smenkhkare can have begun as late as Year 17. That would have been Smenkhkare's Year 1. But, as Akhenaten died in Year 17, it can still have been the Year 1 of Smenkhkare when the wine ripened in 1 Akhet and the Year 17 honey jar re-used for wine. A king has 12 months from the time he is crowned to have a Year 1.
In the graffito of Pawah he mentions a Year 3 of Neferneferuaten and a "“Hwt nTr n imn m tA Hwt anxxprwra” where he is a wab-priest and scribe of the divine offerings of Amen.
"Hwt nTr" means "temple of the god" and "Hwt" plus prenomen means a mortuary temple. So what is this place? Why would there be a "Hwt anxxprwra" if the first person with that prenomen had not died? It would seem odd that there was a temple of Amen in such a place--but who knows? No "Hwt anxxprwra" has ever been found in western Thebes. It is a difficult phrase to understand and just another of the mysteries of the time.
Who and when would have authorized the clergy of the traditional cults in Thebes to build that structure and overall to run it. Smenkhkare himself? Neferneferuaten?
It's just the fact that archaeologists have found a "Hwt anxxprwra" makes me think to a change of destination of an existing Hwt ... Nefertiti's Hwt-benben. But it's only a hypothesis.