Mr. Osburn certainly confused the issue of Khufu/Khnum Khufu. His misinterpretation of these two variations of the King’s name continues to this day. Osburn wrote on page 280 of The Monumental History of Egypt, as recorded in the ruins of her Temples, Palaces and Tombs: ”From these hieroglyphics we learn that the personages buried in the vault beneath were royal princes, priests to the temple dedicated to Suphis and Noh-Suphis, which was the Great Pyramid.” Associated with this statement, he provides the image below identified as an inscription from a nearby mastaba tomb ”…a large parallelogram of plain masonry, built with polished blocks of Tourrah stone, at the south-west angle of the Great Pyramid…”:
He perpetuates the misreading by next including Lepsius’ illustration from ”Wady Meghara”:
A subsequent, and more complete, understanding of ancient Egyptian now recognizes the name “Khufu’ and the full birth name “Khnum Khufu”.
We should be thankful that Mr. Osburn was not familiar with Khufu’s Horus name, “Medjedu”, also engraved at the wadi, or we would be discussing a third personage.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?“ - Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Η άγνοια είναι η μητέρα του μύθου και του μυστηρίου.
“Numero, Pondere et Mensura“