Temple Graffiti: Symbols

Graffito T42. Symbol – X in a Box

Graffito T42

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The X in a box design appears throughout the temple. Its meaning is not clear. Jeremy Pope has argued that the image has a votive character and is similar to depictions of altars and offering tables at other Egyptian and Nubian sites. The design is also similar to flag designs at Philae (and to decoration on Roman Egyptian fans in the archaeological record; T. G. Wilfong, personal communication). The most elaborate textile designs in the temple are also patterned with a central X. Here two Xs enclosed by boxes appear side by side.

  • Kurru ID number: 183, 184
  • Location: Column A02-3:2, northwest face
  • Dimensions (H × W): 17.5 × 27.0 cm