Red Chapel

last update: 25.03.2008

South Wall - Block No. 104

Stone: red quartzite (origin - from the "Red Mountains" of Djebel Akhmar, an area near Heliopolis)

Opet-Procession, the return from the temple of Luxor to the temple of Karnak on the river Nile using the barque "Userhat-Amun"
The crew consists of Thutmosis III. (left) and Hatshepsut (right), between them the shrine of Amun with the barque "Wetjes neferu" on which the naos is mounted with the statue of Amun inside. The shrine is decorated in pairs with 4 series of protecting symbols - alternating a pair of Isis tit knots and a pair of Djed columns. By the right side of the bow one recognizes the Udjat eye which is bringing salvation.
Before the shrine stand papyrus bars crowned with the Horus*flacon and the royal cartouche of Hatshepsut.
In the text line behind Thutmosis III - above which the two rudders - the direction of travel is given: "hA.t r wjA aA Jmn wsr HA.t na.t m Xdj = Embarking on the large barque Userhat-Amun. Rowing downstream" - thus, downstream from Luxor to Karnak.



Copyright: Dr. Karl H. Leser (Iufaa)