The plan above shows the distribution of the recovered blocks
across the eastern gate of the Red Chapel as published by Lacau, P.,
Chevrier, H., "Une Chapelle d'Hatshepsout à Karnak", 1977 -
1979 on plate 1.
The facades of the west and east sides of the Red Chapel had been
decorated without any connection to the decoration of the south and north
walls. Only the 1st register shows on all four sides procession of nomes
The decoration of the west and east facades shows an
almost identical construction, because in the registers 2 to 7
corresponding scenes are found on both sides. The 8th registers show
different scenes, and the west facade which is a little higher has a 9th
In addition, the north and south halves of both facades,
separated by the passageway, are decorated identically, i.e. the scenes
recur on every side of the gate with one single difference - on the north
side the king wears the red crown, on the south side he wears
the white crown.
The repetition of the scenes right and left of the
passageway signalizes an axial division of the temple - the king acts in
an identical way on both sides of the axis, once as a king of the north (Lower
Egypt) and once as a king of the south (Upper Egypt).
In the central part none of the blocks made of dark granite, which are to be
expected here, had been restored. The blocks are not lost but the entire gate
was re-used by Thutmosis III when he erected his gate to the northern magazine
rooms (of Hatshepsut; see photo below).
On both jambs the gate shows its name: "sbAMn-Xpr-RaImnwrbAw = Gate of Hatshepsut (changed to Men-kheper-Ra)
[named] Amun, with great bAw" (Grallert, 2001; see photo below).
The comparison of the photos with the publication of
Lacau and Chevrier proved again slight divergences, i.e. the
reconstruction forced changes in the placing of the blocks or blocks were
installed which were not known to or of which the position was not
known by Lacau
Thus, in their publication Lacau and Chevrier had
placed block 307 on south half of the eastern side which at least was
installed in the northern half of the western gate.
Thematically several main points can be established:
Register 1, procession of nomes and temples;
Hatshepsut presents herself to Amun;
offerings scene, cult run, embrace of the king;
offerings scene, incensing before Amun;
cult run, embrace of the king;
offering of vine;
coronation scene assisted by Weret-Hekau; acclamation by the souls of Pe and Nekhen;
coronation scene assisted by Weret-Hekau, king led by Monthu und Atum;
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