Sunday, 10 February 2013

New Attraction at the Open Air Museum at Karnak


At the lecture tonight Mansour Boraik informed me that the Franco-Egyptian centre have completed their work restroring the monument of Haptshepsut called the Netery-Menou. The open air museum is one of my favourite places in Karnak and there are many gems there. The While Chapel of Senuseret, the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut, various shrines of Amenhotep I, Tuthmosis IV etc, the portico of Tuthmosis IV. It is great to see another addition.

There are loads of details here together with lots more pictures

The loose blocks of this monument were first discovered by G. Legrain at the beginning of the 20th century in the Cachette Courtyard at Karnak, and then by Sheata Adam and Farid El-Shaboury in the mid-1950’s. After a long time waiting upon mastabas, the blocks have been restored by the CFEETK conservation team, and studied and published by L. Gabolde in 2005.
This monument is of major importance for Karnak temple and for ancient Egyptian history since it is one of the few surviving records that attests explicitly to the power of queen Hatshepsut just before her ascent to the throne as king. Dedicated to Amun-Ra, god of Karnak, the walls of this monument (5.39 m high) show figures of queen Hatshepsut, king Tuthmosis III, princess Neferura and posthumous figures of the king Tuthmosis II.

In 2008, the French-Egyptian Scientific Committee agreed the reconstruction of this building at the entrance to the Open Air Museum. After excavation, the reconstruction of the Netery-menu started in 2009 as a main programme of the French-Egyptian Centre for the Study of Karnak Temples (MSA-CNRS) and was finished at the end of Januray 2013. It is now ready to be opened to visitors.

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