Shrine No. 7

last update: 01.02.2007


Shrine No. Name / Transliteration Date

Distance to the Speos of Haremhab
[~ m]

7   joined reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III 255  
All data according to Caminos, 1963

From right to left and side by side the shrines No.: 6 (Ahmose) and 7, both built during the joined reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III. Today both shrines are a few meters away from the river bank. (photo: E. Noppes)

The photo above shows the damaged entrance of shrine 7. Both jambs of the doorway are lost, however, the lintel is mostly preserved. The shrine consists of one single room, about 259 cm wide, 177 cm deep, and 190 high. All walls and the ceiling are flat and blank and do not show any traces of a decoration.
In the middle of the west (rear) wall the is a niche bearing the much damaged statue of a single person. The niche is about 70 mc wide, 112 cm high, and at maximum 30 deep. The bottom of the niche is at about 14 cm above the floor of the chamber.

The lintel is 154 cm wide and has been approx. 60 cm high. It had been coated with fine lime-plaster and bears carefully incised hieroglyphs and figures which were painted brown-yellow.
At the top the sign for heaven extends across the width of the lintel, at both sides a WAs-scepter forms the border.
Directly below the sign for heaven the winged sun-disk is depicted, at each end accompanied by the inscription: "[The] Behedeti, the great god, variegated of feathers."
The larger part of the lintel is occupied be a double scene, the southern (left) side concerning Thutmosis III, the right side Hatshepsut. Both scenes shows the crocodile-headed god Sobek, holding a WAs-scepter and receiving offerings or prayers from both kings.
On the left side the inscription of Sobek reads:
"Sobek, lord of Ombos, He gives all life, stability, and dominion".
The inscription above Thutmosis reads:
"The good god, lord of the rites, king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Men-kheper-Ra, dem given all life, stability, and dominion like Ra, forever. He will be to the fore of the spirits".
The right scene dedicated to Hatshepsut is much damaged. Of the whole text only the part above Sobek "Sobek, lord of Silsilah" has been preserved.



Copyright: Dr. Karl H. Leser (Iufaa)