The original capstone topped an obelisk erected by Queen
Hatshepsut at the temple of Amun at Karnak. In this
scene, Hatshepsut is depicted kneeling before the god
Amun. She is wearing the clothing of a
pharaoh - a man's kilt with a royal
bull's tail on the front and the white atef
crown of Egypt - to indicate her
position as "a female king". Her name, Maat-ka-re, is engraved in a cartouche, a symbol reserved for
the names of pharaohs.
Capstone of Hatshepsut
Royal Ontario Museum
Queen Hatshepsut's Expedition to Punt
Papyrus painting, modern
|The Egyptians sent trading missions to Punt, a region of East Africa that was rich in gold, resins, ebony, blackwood, ivory and wild animals, including monkeys and baboons. They also went in search of slaves. The best-documented mission was sent during the reign of Hatshepsut. Scenes from these expeditions are illustrated on her funerary temple at Deir el-Bahari, near the Valley of the Kings.|
"Hatshepsut: Temptress of the Nile"
by Katherine Sandford
A theatrical production of Dramamuse
presented in the exhibition Mysteries of Egypt
The crew of a B-series film is having a lot of trouble trying to recreate the feeling of old Hollywood movies about Ancient Egypt. While they are working, the members of the crew realize they each have very different ideas about the mysteries of this great civilization. As the crew members examine their different points of view, the complexity of Ancient Egypt begins to emerge. In the end, they gain a better understanding of the subject and take a humorous a look at the origins of some common superstitions.