j.ḫm (“not knowing”, imperfective active participle of ḫm) + sk (“destruction”), thus literally ‘(one) not knowing destruction’, because the circumpolar stars never set and so were considered imperishable.
- circumpolar star
- 18th Dynasty, Great Hymn to Osiris, Stela of Amenmose (Louvre C 286), lines 5–6:
- nb hnw m pt rswt dwꜣw m pt mḥtt j.ḫmw-sk ẖr st ḥr.f swt.f pw j.ḫmw-wrḏ
- Possessor of acclaim in the southern sky, worshipped in the northern sky, the circumpolar stars are under his care, and the unwearying stars are his residences.
Declension of j.ḫm-sk (masculine)
Alternative hieroglyphic writings of j.ḫm-sk
- Allen, James (2010) Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, second edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 330