> Phil.. by ligature do you mean the reed?
> the vertical left hand stroke at the start of the cartouche??
> Interestingly the available hard photographic evidence suggests
> that the contentious cartouch oval/frame was painted AFTER the
> "reed" in a continuous single stroke
> I feel that the contentious cartouche painting order was..
> REED.. KH.. WOO.. F.. WOO.. OVAL..
I see a cartouche as a metaphor for a mirror tied to a base stand. The "tie" is what I'm calling the ligature.
What is the evidence that makes you think the oval was painted after the glyphs. I don't notice any "respect" one way or the other.