Hatshepsut’s Expedition to Punt: Its Purpose and Commemoration. In travelling to Punt, the Queen of Egypt was paying homage to a foreign land and a foreign. Hatshepsut, meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies, was the fifth pharaoh of the . This trading expedition to Punt was roughly during Hatshepsut’s nineteenth year . The walls of the great temple in Karnak depicted the story of an expedition of impressive ships to the mysterious land known as Punt.

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Most scholars today believe Punt was situated to the southeast of Egypt, most likely fxpedition the coastal region of modern DjiboutiSomalianortheast EthiopiaEritreaand the Red Sea littoral of Sudan. This alone would virtually demand that she took part in the trip. The pile of Ana is here represented in a very summary fashion by a mere outline, but in some of the other subjects the little irregularly shaped lumps of the precious gum are all elaborately defined.

Comments Meldreth wrote on 19 August, – This is made abundantly clear in the inscriptions, and beyond dispute. I will give thee Punt, the whole of it There is, however, no kind of evidence to justify the assumption. Of the five trees here represented, two are conventional renderings of the hatsheepsut. This relief depicts incense and myrrh trees obtained by Hatshepsut’s expedition to Punt.

One startling peculiarity in the inscriptions of Hatasu, not only upon her obelisks at Karnak, but upon the walls of her temple at Dayr-el-Bahari, consists in the employment of masculine titles with feminine pronouns. Retrieved 14 June Her Majesty’s throne-chair carried by twelve bearers.

The ships, which were often described as warships, have puht sure signs of being prepared for anything other than transport. This marriage took place during the lifetime of Thothmes II.

As the statue of Bak-en-Khonsu in the Glyptotheca of Munich preserves for us the name of the architect of the Ramesseum, so the obelisks of Hatasu at Karnak immortalize the name of Sen-Maut, the architect of her temple at Dayr-el-Bahari.

Land of Punt

During the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC, ships regularly crossed the Red Sea in order to obtain bitumencopper, carved amulets, naptha and other goods transported overland and down the Dead Sea to Elat at the head of the gulf of Aqaba where they were joined with frankincense and myrrh coming north both by sea and overland along trade expeditioh through the mountains running north along the east coast of the Red Sea.


They advance with uplifted hands, this being the accepted attitude of deprecation and homage.

Various measures have been taken to counter the negative effects, with some providing better results than others. Their length was about seventy feet, and they were evidently without any sort of cabin accommodation. With regard to the dates recorded in the inscription on the plinth, they show that these magnificent monoliths were extracted from the quarries of Syene, thence conveyed to Thebes a journey of one hundred and thirty-three milesengraved, and placed in position within the amazingly short period of seven months— Mechir being the sixth month of the Egyptian year, and Mesore the twelfth; which is just as though we were to say that some great public work was begun on the first of June, and finished on pjnt thirty-first of December.

Expeditioh addition the temples and palaces were themselves tk of an elaborate funerary cult in which special boats were used to transport the corpse to the Necropolis on the other side of the Nile, and, symbolically, to assist the spirit in its passage into the afterlife. His tomb has not been discovered, and his personal history is unknown; but enough remains of his work in this unique temple to show that he was not only possessed of consummate taste and ability, but that he also originated hxtshepsut new departure in his art, which, had it been followed, might have revolutionized the architecture of ancient Egypt.

A raised platform with a balustrade, erected at both prow and poop, served for a lookout fore and aft; and under these platforms there was probably some kind of shelter for the officers.

Queen Hatasu, and Her Expedition to the Land of Punt.

Even now, a systematically conducted excavation would probably bring to light more inscriptions, and possibly more sculptures, than could be discovered by Mariette with the limited means at his command. A recent discovery has for the first time revealed the exact relationship which subsisted between this prince and Hatasu.


University of California Press. The god then drops us a tantalizing hint: Round each fetlock runs a silver band, and under each pnt there was originally a plate of silver, of which only a few fragments remain.

A “throne-name,” sometimes called a “solar-name,” inasmuch as it affirms the direct descent of the reigning monarch from Ra, the greatest of the solar deities, was never assumed by a mere regent, but marked the actual accession of a sovereign. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Land of Punt – Wikipedia

The Female Pharaoh, Penguin Books, hardback, p. And thus, to the sound of trumpets and drums, with waving of green boughs and shouts of triumph, the great procession lands on the opposite bank of the Nile, and, followed by an ever-gathering crowd, takes its way between avenues of sphinxes, past obelisks and pylons, and up one magnificent flight of steps after another, till the topmost terrace of the Great Temple is reached, where the Queen herself welcomes them to the presence of Hathor the Beautiful, the Lady of the Western Mountain, the Goddess-Regent of the Land of Punt.

Art and Culture of their Own. Chico Chang wrote on 25 August, – Her daughter, though evidently quite young, already shows a tendency towards the same kind of deformity. Egyptian spelling “pwenet” the feminine “t” ending was not pronounced during the New Kingdom the last sign is the determinative for countryland.

Notify me when new comments are posted. A cow reposes peacefully in the shade of a tree to the right, and a bird, known by its characteristic tail-feathers as the Cinnyris metallicawings its flight towards the left. One the first oceanographic expeditions recorded in art history.

From Mariette’s Deir-el-Bahariplate This page is expfdition to showing the ships used to make the journey and to discussing the implications of the use of Egyptian seafaring technologies at this time in History. It seems that many old analyses followed an untrue assumption.

A drummer goes before, and the inscription says that “the sailors of the royal squadron shout for joy.

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