>In your expert opinion would it not be
> not more difficult to forge unfamiliar writing
> (hieratic) upside down?
>No. How would the forger know what was the correct orientation?
It is on this point that you show your complete ignorance of inscription convention. Anyone remotely familiar with hieroglyphic inscription knew in 1837 that cartouches were never inscribed in this orientation on any temple, column or pylon.
The AEs just didn't do it. The dubious claim that Vyse's "forgery" was actually witnessed implies that Vyse himself was the forger. Vyse was familiar enough with Egyptian sites and inscriptions to know that such an orientation as the one in the relieving chamber would stand out like a sore thumb. If "forgery" was his aim then adherence to lateral inscription (in either direction) would have been more convincing to his contemporaries.
Show me just ONE other example of an inscription intended to be viewed publicly once inscribed which is oriented in this way and I shall begin to listen to your argument.
Until then, I remain unconvinced by your "expert" opinion, Jon.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 28-Jun-16 21:11 by eyeofhorus33.