The falcon-headed god here is Montu, a deity at home in the Theban region and often called upon as a patron of military exploits. Here Montu gives an ankh-sign to king Ramesses III, from a monumental scene in the temple of Medinet Habu on the west bank of Thebes (the mortuary temple of Ramesses III, whose cartouches you see at the left side of the image). At the end of the right-most cartouche, you can read the I-mn-n writing the name “Amun,” in the epithet of the king as “beloved of Amun.” Now, if you look above Montu’s head, crowned with a sun disk and twin ostrich plumes, you can see his name – mn-board (a biliteral), n-water as phonetic complement (repeating the n of mn), and then a hobble – a rope with two loops on the end. This is represented in transliteration (the way of writing Egyptian sounds in modern characters) as a t with an underline, so we will call it “T” to distinguish it from the t-bread loaf. This “second t” corresponds to a “tj” sound, but by later periods of Egyptian history, it could alternate with the other “t.” .
Following Montu’s name is a nb-basket to write “lord,” which we covered just a few posts back, and then a word consisting of three signs: the wAs-scepter, a t-loaf, and a city sign. This is “Waset,” the ancient Egyptian name for Thebes (modern-day Luxor). .
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