by Sjef Willockx
Abstract of: The Texts with the Name of King Ka (2014)
paper deals with those texts that (possibly) contain the name of king
Ka, dynasty 0. The following objectives are pursued:
Kaiser’s suggestion that
the serekhs, incised on ceramic vessels, which
show vertical lines above the name may represent the façade of a castle
or palace with battlements, is accepted. It is shown that the serekhs in
ink represent a further development of this type, in which a horizontal
top line is added to the design to serve as a roost for the falcon. The
former type is labeled an open battlement serekh, the latter a closed
battlement serekh. In addition to this, three specimen are identified in
which the royal name is enclosed in a simple rectangle (a phenomenon
also known from Narmer), which is labeled a block serekh. It is
furthermore suggested that the writing of this king’s name, with only
one unobtrusive sign, may have prompted the development of the serekh in
the first place (at least as far as southern Egypt is concerned), as a
means of highlighting it in texts.
A total of 56 texts are
examined. Of these, 13 are found to be problematic: either not a serekh
at all (one of which is believed to be a representation of the
hieroglyph M43, “vine on props”), or not a serekh of Ka, or ancient
imitations of Ka-serekhs.
The geographical distribution of the non-problematic serekhs does not support claims for dominion of Ka over the Delta.
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