> So, what is your opinion of the other cartouches in the
> Arbuthnot and Wellington chambers?
Forgive me, I do not have a detailed list handy of which text is within each Relieving Chamber. With that in mind, I don't know that I would call it an "opinion", but my running hypothesis about the other cartouches up there is that they're not referring to Khufu, the man.
We find a reference to Khnum-Khuf(u) which may be a pre-cursor to Khufu the man who was given the "Khufu" namesake by his father (Sneferu) who presumed significance in the moniker by virtue of its clear association with the magnificent G1. I do not believe Sneferu made up the name "Khufu" from scratch. As Scott already mentioned, most of them bear the "Khnum" prefix.
Also in those chambers are a variety of other cartouches that have glyphs similar to, but do not transliterate to, "Khufu" which include birds other than chicks, the Ra glyph, or a sieve in non-leading positions. In most of those cartouches, the serpent is in its proper position toward the text baseline. I am not aware that any of those other cartouches have any stray dots, smears, etc. of red ochre paint similar to what we find in Vyse's showcase cartouche up there in Campbell's. I am unware of their translation but I am not under the impression that they are relevant to Khufu, the king of the 4th Dynasty.
I also agree with statements already made in this discussion that there seems to be a bimodal character to those paintings. One "mode" has a primitive, sloppy, organic flair while the other is a more formal, deliberate, geometric form.
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