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Or I may be mistaken since the hieroglyphs are so faint. I cold not make out any of the others, except possibly an "r" (lips or mouth) below the hotep. This hieroglyph is seen a lot since it is part of the word for "beloved" and many royal cartouches include phrase like "beloved of Ra", "beloved of Maat", etc.
I would take this piece to your local antiquities department - there may be an Egyptian scholar at a university near you. Too bad you are not in the Bay Area since UC Berkeley has a large ancient Egyptian group that could probably sort it out for you.
A very interesting piece, for sure, and could be ancient!