Red Chapel

last update: 27.09.2014

Distribution of Blocks on the South Wall

The plan above shows the distribution of the recovered blocks across the south wall of the Red Chapel as published by Lacau, P., Chevrier, H., "Une Chapelle d'Hatshepsout Karnak", 1977 - 1979 on plate 1.


Some time ago I have had the opportunity to take single photos of most of the blocks from a scaffolding.
A comparison between the actual position of the blocks and the plan prepared by Lacau and Chevrier revealed differences in row 2 and 6. The actual sequence of the blocks in row 6 is from left to right:
278, 163, 156, 108 and 39, between 278 and 163 one block is missing, the other four  blocks mentioned are placed next to each other.
In row 2 the blocks 280 and 286 have been placed from left to right between blocks 164 and 285 (as indicated by the red arrow).

Thematically several main points can be established:
Register 1, procession of nomes and temples (see also -> The Grano-Diorite Blocks on the Basis (South-Wall)
Register 2, blocks (from right to left) 295, 184, 35, und 222 - oracle that should have been happened during an Opet-Procession in which Hatshepsut was elected by Amun to become king; further inscriptions;
Register 3, blocks (from right to left) 226, 300, 26, 305, 135, 169, 170 - Opet-Procession from the temple at Karnak to the temple of Luxor along the 6 way-stations erected by Hatshepsut;
Register 4, (from left to right) offerings to Amun done by Hatshepsut or Thutmosis III
Register 5, blocks (from left to right) 104 and 171, return from the temple of Luxor to the temple at Karnak, boat ride; Blocks (from left to right) 176, 102, 66, and 130 - arrival of the shrine at the temple of Amun at Karnak;
Register 6, blocks (from left to right) 278, 108, 156, 39, 163, 14, and 165 - offerings to Amun; blocks (from left to right) 244, 271, 70, 258, 122, 223, and 309 - offerings to the Ennead
Register 7 - presentation of monuments, coronation of Hatshepsut

Clicking on a number opens a separate page showing the corresponding block.

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Copyright: Dr. Karl H. Leser (Iufaa)