Detail of The Inscription on The Gold Mask Showing Cartouche Containing
Tutankhamun’s Prenomen ( Photograph by Ahmed Amin, Cairo Museum)
|Drawing by Gabolde illustrating:(upper) the present, Tutankhamun-era
with visible portions of the earlier,underlying text (red); (Lower)the original name(yellow)
as reconstructed on the basis of these still-visible traces (red)
As the positioning of its opening traces suggests, Reeves said, the version originally carried by the gold mask had been that with epithet -- an impression confirmed by the shadow-outline of a long, rectangular sign consistent with the hieroglyph mr, “beloved (of),” which physically underlies the nb of nb-xprw-ra.