Batn el-Baqara (Ḥwt-mn)

rock shrine

Location

Nome: 16th Upper Egyptian nome

Wadi Batn el-Baqara is located on the axis perpendicular to the Nile Valley. At the entrance of the valley, the rock shrine Speos Artemidos is situated, on the bottom of the wadi – a small shrine published as Batn el-Baqara.

Description

The small, one-room shrine located at the dead end of the valley was hewn in the rock and has a rectangular plan. It measures 0.98m of width and 1.58m of length, being 1.43m high at the entrance and 1.58m high at the back of the shrine. The entrance door is 0.32m deep and 1.71m wide.[1] According to A. Fakhry, who studied the place, the shrine was completed and decorated with good quality reliefs.[2]

In the vicinity of the shrine some rock inscriptions were carved. One of them, situated on the left of the shrine, gives the name of the shrine: rn n sḥ-nṯr Ḥwt-mn[3] without any other details and date. Another inscription can be attributed to Hatshepsut, although her name is not preserved, being carefully erased.[4] The text is a typical dedicatory inscription mentioning execution of sḥ-nṯr for Pakhet in the rock of this goddess.

Footnotes

  1. ^ 234: A New Speos from the Reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III at Beni-Ḥasan - - 1939 - Fakhry, Ahmed.
  2. ^ 234: A New Speos from the Reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III at Beni-Ḥasan - - 1939 - Fakhry, Ahmed.
  3. ^ 234: A New Speos from the Reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III at Beni-Ḥasan - - 1939 - Fakhry, Ahmed.
  4. ^ 234: A New Speos from the Reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III at Beni-Ḥasan - - 1939 - Fakhry, Ahmed.

Jadwiga Iwaszczuk

Exploration

Explorer/Institution working previously: Mohammed Effendi ChabânAhmed Fakhry

Ancient people connected to the site: Neferu-Ra ,

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