Red Chapel

last update: 25.03.2008

South Wall - Block No. 302

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

Donations, the scene shows on the left the "Good God, Lord of the Two Lands, Maat-ka-Ra" (please note the hieroglyphics "nfr nTr, nb tAwj" above the representation of Hatshepsut) in front the two donated obelisks, on the right Amun-Ra graciously accepts the gifts.

The text accompanying Hatshepsut says that:

"The king erected 2 large obelisks for his father Amun-Ra in front of the venerable columned hall (Wadjit hall), completely covered with electrum, they extended into the sky, they illuminated the Two Lands, like Aton. Never happened something like that since primeval times (of the country). She may live for ever.". 

The mention of the "venerable columned hall (= Hall of Wadjit") permits only the conclusion that the inscription means the 2. pairs, which was erected in the proximity of the "Hall of Wadjit" built by Thutmosis I.

Amun replies:

"Speech of Amun, Lord of the throne of the Two Lands: My bodily daughter "Hatshepsut, unified with Amun", I have given you the kingship of the Two Lands, million of years on the Throne of Horus, you may last as long as Ra for what you did for me. You may live forever."

Note(s): the inscription of the block belongs to the series of "donation scenes", in which Hatshepsut praises herself donation to her "father" Amun. This is interpreted by some scholars as being a part of her program to legitimate her accession to the throne.


Copyright: Dr. Karl H. Leser (Iufaa)