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July 19 2013


July 15 2013

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A lovely detail of a false door from the tomb of Useramun (also known simply as User). His titles included Southern Vizier, Prophet of Maat, Judge, Noble, Prince, Scribe in the Treasury of Amon, and Head of the Secrets of the Palace during Hatshepsut and Thothmes III’s reign.

The false door was re-used by the Romans - please also vide: - Useramun

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Hatshepsut’s steward (among a myriad of other titles) Senmut was her daughter Neferura’s nurse and tutor, too. Neferura sits on his lap, safely enveloped in a fold of his cloak; he also protectively holds her.

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The procession of Amun-Re’s divine bark [barque]. Relief from the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut.

… Sacred Barks and Divine Rest Stations

Central to these festivals were magnificent processions in which priests transported the golden, bejeweled cult statues of the gods within a type of portable shrine. Taking the form of miniature boats called sacred barks, these model vessels were covered in gold foil and encrusted with precious gemstone inlays of lapis lazuli, turquoise, and carnelian. Each deity had his or her own sacred bark which priests transported over land on platforms with several long carrying poles. Two impressive figureheads at the prow and stern of each bark identified its owner. Amun’s bark had ram’s head figureheads since that animal was sacred to him, that of Mut had a woman’s head fore and aft, each wearing the Double Crown, and Khonsu’s had falcon’s heads with lunar crescents and disks. …

via Hypostyle Project :: Meaning and Function :: University of Memphis

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Depiction of a wayside bark [barque] shrine built by Hatshepsut. Relief from her Red Chapel.

… Festival processions departed from the inner sanctum of Karnak and advanced along sacred avenues towards Luxor Temple or to waiting river barges that conveyed them further upriver to Luxor or across the Nile to the royal memorial temples on the West Bank of Thebes. Occasionally, the gods—not to mention the priests supporting them—needed to rest from the heat and dust of their tiring journeys. Many pharaohs, therefore, kindly provided them with convenient resting shrines along the way. Never missing a chance for self-promotion, the king would name the wayside shelters after himself and would remind the gods of his piety in temple inscriptions and representations describing them. For example, scenes on the “Red Chapel" of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (ruled ca. 1473-1358 BCE) at Karnak depict several wayside shrines that she erected between the temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor. …

via Hypostyle Project :: Meaning and Function :: University of Memphis

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Hatshepsut - this statue lives at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum

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King Hatshepsut making offerings

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Egyptian expedition to Punt during the reign of Hatshepsut; on the right is a myrrh tree - relief from her Deir el-Bahri temple

via wikimedja commons

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This is a fine relief of members of Hatshepsut’s trading expedition to the mysterious ‘Land of Punt’ from this pharaoh’s elegant mortuary temple at Deir El-Bahri. In this scene, Egyptian soldiers bear tree branches and axes.

via wikimedja commons

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Relief from the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut - A procession of Egyptian soldiers during the celebration of the ‘beautiful festival in the desert valley’.

via Grave chapels and reliefs from temples: (Egyptian Museum Berlin)

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Osirian columns representing Hatshepsut - her Deir el-Bahri temple

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May 30 2013

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Musicians - tomb of Nakht, Thebes. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty

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Banquet scene - tomb of Nakht, Thebes. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty

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Wine-making & a vineyard - tomb of Nakht, Thebes. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty

My lurvely BF keeps bringing Champagne!

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Nakht and Family Fishing and Fowling, Tomb of Nakht
Norman de Garis Davies (1865–1941)

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 18

Reign: reign of Thothmes IV

Date: ca. 1400–1390 B.C.E.

Geography: Country of Origin Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes

Medium: Tempera on paper

Dimensions: Facsimile H. 200 cm (78 3/4 in); w. 153 cm (60 1/4 in) scale 1:1 framed: h. 194.3 cm (76 1/2 in); w. 203.8 cm (80 1/4 in); th. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1915

Accession Number: 15.5.19e

This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 135

This facsimile painting copies an entire wall in the tomb of Nakht (TT 52) at Thebes. The wall has been split into two registers with Nakht and his wife, Tawy, seated at the left in both. At the right side of the upper register, Nakht and his family are shown twice: hunting birds (at the left) and fishing (at the right). The upper half of the bottom register shows the process of making wine and the lower half shows birds being caught in a clap-net and then prepared for storage in jars.
The facsimile was painted at the tomb, probably around 1909-1910, by Norman deGaris Davies, director of the Graphic Section of the Museum’s Egyptian Expedition.

  Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Nakht and Family Fishing and Fowling, Tomb of Nakht

April 03 2013

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… In all antiquity, history records only one woman who successfully calculated a systematic rise to power during a time of peace: Hatshepsut, meaning “the Foremost of Noble Women,” an Egyptian king of the Eighteenth Dynasty who ruled during the fifteenth century BC and negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority. It is not precise to call Hatshepsut a queen, despite the English understanding of the word; once she took the throne, Hatshepsut could only be called a king. In the ancient Egyptian language, the word queen only existed in relation to a man, as the “king’s woman.” Once crowned, Hatshepsut served no man; her husband had been dead some seven years by the time she ascended the throne. …

… Like any other princess during the Eighteenth Dynasty, Hatshepsut was born into a royal world of social strictures and expectations. She was a king’s daughter, a king’s wife, and a king’s sister—critically, the only royal title she would lack in her lifetime was king’s mother, as she never bore a son. This failing was likely a bitter disappointment for Hatshepsut, but it was also a twist of fate that would pave the way for her inconceivable and serendipitous rise in fortune. …

…Thutmose III was not her child, but it seems that she safeguarded him nonetheless, rearing him for future rule. She transformed herself not into king’s mother, but astoundingly, into a kind of king’s father, a senior king who fostered the education of her royal ward. Granted, for most of her tenure as king, Thutmose III was only a child. But during the last five or six years of her reign, when he had reached his majority, the arrangement became a real partnership. In her temples and stelae, she used her nephew Thutmose III’s regnal year dates. Whenever she depicted herself in the presence of her co-king, she often took the senior position. Yet he was constantly there, lurking in her shadow. …

  Via The Woman Who Would Be King, by Kara Cooney - Lapham’s Quarterly

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