Kleine Götter - grosse Götter. Festschrift für Dieter Kessler zum 65. Geburtstag edition:1st pages:553-558
A famous passage in the autobiography of Khnumhotep II from Bani Hasan has often been understood as containing a reference to circumcision, but other options ("removing diapers")have also been proposed. Inspection of the original inscription has revealed that the sign used as a determinative in the expression fx m TAm is not the textile determinative, but certainly the phallus sign. Moreover, in this particular passage the phallus sign is written differ-ently from in the three other passages where it occurs: the phallus is rendered in a unique and therefore probably deliberate way, suggesting that the sign actually depicts the loosening of the foreskin.