Naville, Edouard
The temple of Deir el Bahari (Band 6): The lower terrace, additions and plans — London, 1908

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Not seldom do we find in the temples sculptures show-
ing a god, generally Horus, using a net for catching
water-fowl. This seems to be the remains of a scene of
that kind, the symbolical meaning of which we do not
understand. "We cannot but admire how the various
kinds of ducks and herons are correctly sculptured.

These four plates are all we could recover from that
side of the terrace, which is so much ruined that it
was not possible to rebuild the pillars, and to cover
them with a ceiling, as was done on the other

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This plate does not belong to the Lower Terrace.
The scene comes from the Upper Court, on the west
wall, on the north side of the doorway giving access
to the sanctuary. There is one exactly alike on
the south side. Both of them are partly hidden
by the wall of the Ptolemaic vestibule leading to the
We see there a large figure of Anion which is not
original; it has been restored, and we cannot judge
exactly what stood there before the erasure; but
it is certain that there was a figure of the queen and
one of Anion, probably embracing her. The god spoke
to her as his daughter, " Come in peace, daughter of

my bowels, whom I love." Amon appeared here as
the real father of the queen. Her mother Aahmes,
" the royal sister, the royal wife, the mistress of the
two lands of Turn, the royal mother Aahmes," stands
behind ; and this agrees with what we have seen on the
wall of the middle terrace, of the miraculous birth of
the queen.
Thothmes III. stands before what was the group of
two figures ; his arms are hanging in the attitude of
adoration. Words have been added when Amon was
restored, saying that the god gives life to his nostrils.
The two lines behind the god are the usual eulogy of
the buildings erected by the queen.

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Plate CLX. has already shown us that Hatshepsu
had made war against several nations. There was an
historical record of one of her campaigns, probably at
the beginning of her reign. Very few fragments of
this inscription have been found, all of them in the
Lower Terrace. The other ones have probably been
utilised by the Copts as building material.
The queen mentions several times her father, " as
was done by her father, the mighty king of Upper and
Lower Egypt, Aakheperka Ra (Thothmes I.)." She

speaks also of his first campaign of victory. We have
no indication of the name of the people of whom it is
said, " that she made a great slaughter of them, the
number was not known, their hands were cut. . . ."
We do not know who are these enemies " inquiring
in their valleys and saying . . ." Generally the first
wars of the kings of the XVIIIth Dynasty were
against the Nubians or the Negroes, but here the
mention of i; horses on the mountains" would rather
indicate Syrians.


These two plates are the copy of what remains of an
inscription on the outer face of the wall of the Upper
Court, on the north side of the granite doorway. This
inscription is unique in its kind and in its style. It is
engraved hollow, over a long text of the queen, the

signs of which in rilievo have been rubbed off, but are
visible here and there.
On plate CLXVI. are two fragments still in situ, the
beginning and the end, separated by a gap of eighteen
lines. The pieces above, and the whole of plate


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