> At the moment when the alleged forgery was being
> committed, did the forgers believe that the
> symbols they were forging identified Khufu as the
> owner of the pyramid?
It is an interesting question. However, perhaps it will be taken as merely rhetorical? ie Yes, absolutely.
Surely the hypothetical forgers were hedging their bets with Khnum Khuf too, or even predominately?
It is strange that they seemed to take extraordinary risk, to be exposed, by unnecessary volume of forgeries. Writing unconventional numerals in hard to reach roof blocks , partial cartouches behind cracks, and upside down manoeuvres. Maybe that is what is required to be a top class forger?
Now I am no art expert, but we are graced with at least one fully fledged expert here on GHMB who can tell a fake hieratic brush stroke , easily, from several thousand miles away via photograph!
It seems to me it would be like coming across a store/cache of paintings, which look all the world to be undiscovered works by great masters like Vincent van Gogh or Picasso or Monet but unfortunately lacking the artists signature. So they go about researching and practicing the signatures
But then as equally incapable artist as I, the forgers decide what the heck, lets add in some other writing in the actual painting to match the hand, and look lets put a few more layers of purple paint on those Monet like flowers, and add some more conical female breasts to the Picasso, and a few more swirly lines on the van Gogh just to make it look more 'authentic'.
Why go to that extra risk? I Dunno!? But if I was flogging the fake paintings I would do the absolute minimum being aware of my lack of knowledge or skill in the subject matter.