Biggeh

island

Location

Nome: 1st Upper Egyptian nome

Biggeh Island was located on the Nile in the region of the First Cataract, on the south of Aswan and Sehel Island, in the close vicinity of Phile. Now the island is under the waters of Lake Naser.

Description

Labib Habachi found the name of one of Hatshepsut's official, Amen-hetep incised on the rock on Biggeh Island.[1] The official is well known and left several inscriptions in the region, among others, he was responsible for extraction of two obelisks of the queen.[2] But his visit at Biggeh seems to be connected rather with his priest's titles as the First Prophet of Anuket[3] and the First Prophet of Khnum, Anuket and Satet.[4]

It could indicate the interest of Thutmoside rulers in the area and the cultic character of the installations located on the island. However, nothing survived in situ and the only object coming from this place is the granite statue of Thutmose III noticed by Richard Lepsius.[5] In his Denkmäler he only noted the text with the name Ḏḥwtj-ms-nfr-ḫpr.w, neither the name of the god, nor other names of the king were preserved.

Footnotes

  1. ^ 606: Two Graffiti at Sehēl from the Reign of Queen Hatshepsut - - - Habachi, Labib.
  2. ^ 203: Les inscriptions de Séhel - Institut français d'archéologie orientale - 2007 - Gasse, Annie, Rondot, Vincent.
  3. ^ 606: Two Graffiti at Sehēl from the Reign of Queen Hatshepsut - - - Habachi, Labib.
  4. ^ 606: Two Graffiti at Sehēl from the Reign of Queen Hatshepsut - - - Habachi, Labib; 203: Les inscriptions de Séhel - Institut français d'archéologie orientale - 2007 - Gasse, Annie, Rondot, Vincent.
  5. ^ 18: Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings V. Upper Egypt: Sites (Deir Rîfa to Aswân, Excluding Thebes and the Temples of Abydos, Dendera, Esna, Edfu, Kôm Ombo and Philae), 2nd ed. - Griffith Institute, Oxford - 1962 - Porter, Bertha, Moss, Rosalind L.B.; 121: Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien IV. Text - - 1901 - Lepsius, Carl Richard.

Jadwiga Iwaszczuk

Exploration

Ancient people connected to the site: Amen-hetep ,

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