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Senusret I, ruled during the Middle Period, 12th Dynasty, 1956-1911 BC

Horus name: Horus, Living of BirthsNebty Name: Two Ladies, living of Births
Golden Horus Name: Golden Falcon, Living of Births
Prenomen: King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Ka of Re has come to life
Nomen: Son of Re, Man of the Strong One

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Shell - Pendant - Ashmolean Museum
Shell - Pendant - Fitzwilliam Museum
Seal - Cylinder inscribed with cartouche of Senusret I - Petrie Museum
Stela - Ity a high official - British Museum

Stela - Intef from his chapel at Abydos north - British Museum
Stela - Intef - British Museum
Stela - Samontu dating to the 12th Dynasty - British Museum
Stela - Senusret being blessed by the god Horus from Buhen - Ashmolean Museum
Stela - Mentuwoser - Metropolitan Museum
Stela - Rmry from the temple of Satis on the Island of Elephantine - Manchester Museum

Statue - headless - Metropolitan Museum
Statue - Lady Sennuwy from Kerma (tumulus K III) originally from Egypt (possibly Asyut) - Boston Museum
Statue - carved from Limestone and from the temple of Amun in Karnak - Luxor Museum
Statue - with white crown - Cairo Museum
Statue - with red crown - Metropolitan Museum
Statue - Grey granite, with Ramesses II and Merenptah cartouche added to the back - Cairo Museum
Statue - possibly dating to Senusret I - Metropolitan Museum
Statue - Mentuhotep "Chief of Police" from Lisht - Metropolitan Museum

Temple - el-Tod treasure
Temple - Edfu replaced Senusret's structure
Temple - Door jamb from Koptos - Ashmolean Museum
Temple - Jackal-headed souls of Nekhen and the hawk-headed souls of Pe - Metropolitan Museum
Temple - Scene of Senusret celebrating his Heb-Sed - Metropolitan Museum
Temple - Limestone fragments from a pylon - Liverpool Museum

Writing - Tale of Sinuhe written on Ostrica - British Museum
Writing - Tale of Sinuhe written on Ostrica - Ashmolean Museum

Royal Titulary
Each King created a name on his ascension to the throne and it was also a 'mandate' for this style of leadership. The royal name was comprised of 5 separate elements (although earlier kings used less) we modern writing often used the 'Nomen' or person name, which preceded his kingship. The full titulary was only used in formal inscriptions; otherwise a king was usually identified by his Prenomen which was either written alone or accompanied by the Nomen. The Prenomen and Nomen are usually left in their Egyptian forms (for example, 'Thutmose' rather than translating it into 'Thoth-is-born'). The transliteration of the kings' names vary in modern books on Egyptology. Some retain the Graecised form of a name (but this is now less common and a translation from the original hieroglyphs is used), as it occurred in the historical account of Manetho (e.g., Amenophis, Sesostris, Cheops), whereas others give a translation based on the Hieroglyphs (e.g., Amenhotep, Senusret, Khufu). Pronunciations also vary, because of the absence of vowels in the hieroglyphic writings of the names and our limited knowledge of the pronunciation of Ancient Egyptian.

Horus name
This name was often written within a rectangular frame, on top of which perched the falcon-god Horus, which probably represented the king's palace. This name represented the king as the earthly incarnation of the ancient falcon-god Horus, who became the first divine patron of royalty.

'Nebty' name
Nbty means the 'Two Ladies', and this name emphasises the king's special relationship with the two great goddesses, Nekhbet, the vulture goddess of Upper Egypt, and Edjo, the cobra goddess of Lower Egypt . They ruled supreme as the two ancient capitals of Hieraconpolis and Pe, before Egypt was unified by King Menes in c. 3100 BC. However, they continued to play an important role as royal protectress even after unification - hence their inclusion in the royal titulary.  

Golden Horus name
The meaning of this name is uncertain. It may signify the victory of Horus over his enemy Seth (in the myth of Osiris), but it may represent the reconciled enemies, Horus and Seth, as lords of Egypt .  

From the 5th Dynasty onwards, the Prenomen and the Nomen were both written inside cartouches. The Prenomen was adopted as a religious name by each king when he ascended to the throne, and it was always immediately preceded (outside the cartouche) by the title nsw-bity 'he who belongs to the sedge and the bee'. The sedge represented Upper Egypt, and the bee Lower Egypt, so the title meant 'King of Upper and Lower Egypt '. The Prenomen itself usually incorporates the name of the god Re (e.g. nb-mAat-ra, 'Re is Lord of Truth').  

The Nomen, again enclosed within a cartouche, was usually the name of the king before he succeeded to the throne (i.e. almost a family name) and therefore, it is not uncommon for several kings within a family to have the same Nomen (e.g. Thutmose, Amenhotep, Senusret). The Nomen was immediately preceded (outside the cartouche) by the title sA ra ('son of Re').

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