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    Researcher on the trail of artists-craftsmen in the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

    In the Hatshepsut chapel, one of the parts of the famous temple of the Pharaoh woman in Deir el-Bahari, less experienced craftsmen made simpler elements of reliefs, such as torsos and legs. The masters sculpted faces and corrected the mistakes of the apprentices, concluded a researcher from the University of Warsaw.

    The research concerns a temple built by the woman-pharaoh Hatshepsut, who ruled in the years 1473-1458 BCE. On the two opposite walls of the largest room in this building, known as the Hatshepsut Chapel, there are symmetrical relief scenes. They represent a sacrificial procession that brings gifts to the Pharaoh.

     

    For about a decade, researchers have been working to fully document these enormous representations, each approximately 13 meters long and featuring 100 sacrificial figures along with Hatshepsut and her sacrificial menu. Then Dr Anastasiia Stupko-Lubczyńska from the Center of Mediterranean Archeology of the University of Warsaw made a thorough analysis of them, and she just published her findings, informed the centre.

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