My thoughts are that "original AE" dots would be on the peaks .. not the valleys.
In other words paint picked up on high spots through abrasion/rubbing.
Close examination of the other "partially obscured" cartouche shows this.
The second "partially obscured cartouche" clearly shows paint smudging onto the peaks. What we call "witness marks".
The smudging does not just appear as dots, but also as line traces onto an adjacent peak ridge.
The "Khufu cartouch" seems to show dots in both the peaks and valleys of the chisel marks.. With no line traces (witness marks) onto adjacent peak ridges.
If you have time, compare the "Khufu chick" with the "partially obscured cartouche chick".
Think about the type of brush that could have made those marks.
I'd be interested in your thoughts from a scientific as opposed to my arts viewpoint. Be interesting to compare notes.
Post Edited (07-Sep-14 02:04)