In the magnificent mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri a famous relief records an Egyptian expedition to Punt in year nine of the queen's reign. It provides a vivid depiction of the 'Great One of Punt' and his entourage.The Great One was named Pereh but interest has always focused on his mountainous wife, Eti, the Queen of Punt, who is depicted as being barely able to walk, the consequence of the extreme steatopygia from which she suffered. Punt lay to the south and east of Egypt, and was a source of much of its exotic materials, animals and plants.
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Last Updated: June 20th, 2011
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