Hatshepsut’s Expedition to Punt: Its Purpose and Commemoration. In travelling to Punt, the Queen of Egypt was paying homage to a foreign land and a foreign. Hatshepsut, meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies, was the fifth pharaoh of the . This trading expedition to Punt was roughly during Hatshepsut’s nineteenth year . The walls of the great temple in Karnak depicted the story of an expedition of impressive ships to the mysterious land known as Punt.

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The gifts sent by Hatasu having been presented by the envoy and accepted by the Prince of Punt, the latter proceeds to offer in return five ship-loads of the special products of his country. Hapshepsut’s task expedution was organized, launched and proceeded to meet their goals in bringing the trade goods of Punt to Egypt without the need for trade through middle men.

Both ahtshepsut are addressed by Amon to Hatshepsut, on the occasion of the return of the expedition and the presentation to the god of gifts from Punt. The canal may have existed, and in all probability did exist, long before the time of Seti I.

Out for War or A Shopping Trip? Why Hatshepsut Traveled to the Kingdom of Punt

In the next tableau, the expedition has reached its destination. Only the Arabian Peninsula satisfies all these indications.

Why the sudden change of heart on the part of the Puntites, who now not only show the Egyptians the sacred and precious myrrh-terraces, but give them as a free gift enormous quantities of incense and other treasures, as hxtshepsut as living incense bushes to transplant in Egypt?

The first set of inscriptions describe the preparations made for the expedition and the departure from Thebes of the ships. These basilisks are erect, face to face, their tails forming a continuous coil down to the rise of the hoof.


At Deir el-Bahri the expedition to Punt is part of a pair of adjacent reliefs; one recording the journey to Punt, the other recording the divine birth of the queen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Replies to my comment. It seems, therefore, to mark upnt precise time at which he was finally recognized.

From this point, the sculptured tableaux form a continuous scene, those in the lower register being almost perfect, whereas those in the upper register are unfortunately so much broken away that in many places natshepsut remain only the feet of the figures and the water lines of the river.

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Land of Punt

From the tantalizing and all too brief description given at Deir el Bahri we may imagine processions led by the queen herself in all her regalia, surrounded by maidservants and expeition, accompanied through the streets of the metropolis by hosts of musicians, singers, and dancers. The decks are already piled high with their precious cargo, among which may be observed three large apes, who make themselves perfectly at home.

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year. His tomb has not been discovered, and his personal history is unknown; but enough remains of his work in this unique temple to show that he was not only possessed of consummate taste and ability, but rxpedition he also originated a new departure in his art, which, had it been followed, might have revolutionized the architecture of ancient Egypt.

It was learned of by hearsay, from the stories of the ancestors. But why would the god bid Hatshepsut welcome, if she had not been away?

Hatshepsut’s expedition to Punt as recorded in Egyptian art

The four legs are carved in the shape of the legs of some hoofed animal, probably a bull, the front of each leg being decorated with two royal basilisks in gold. Never since the beginning of the world have the like wonders hatshepsuy brought by any king. In addition to the sailing capability Hatshepsut’s hxtshepsut also have fifteen oarsmen on each side. Chico Chang wrote expwdition 25 August, – From the Pylon of Horemheb, at Karnak. May Amen grant long life to his daughter, the Builder of his Temple.


The figure of the Queen is excellently proportioned, and her face, although it differs from her other portraits in being more conventionally rendered, is historically hathepsut.

The most magnificent historic monument of the reign of this great queen was, however, the temple which she constructed on the western bank of the Nile, nearly opposite the Great Temple of Karnak. An enclosing line carried round each indicates the outline of the foliage, the details of which are left to the imagination. These relief panels record a key event in Egyptian history. Even the little dimple in the chin, which is so strongly marked in the front face, is carefully indicated by a depression in the chin of the outline profile.

File:Relief of Hatshepsut’s expedition to the Land of Punt by – Wikimedia Commons

The traveller who now visits the wreck of this temple can with difficulty identify its wide-spread ruins with M. The nails connecting the hatshepsuut parts are round-headed and plated with gold, thus closely resembling the ornamental brass-headed nails in use at the present day. There were animals, food, precious stones, and other treasures. Yet Solomon, as far as we know, never visited Egypt.

The expedition to Punt seems thus to have been regarded by Hatshepsut as an event of equal importance to her own birth! A farmer in Burkina Faso looked expedtion his ancestors and came up with an innovative solution.

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