Illustration of Nehsi and Hatshepsut
Nehsi, the pioneer explorer of ancient Egypt, tells Queen Hatshepsut of the strange cargo he has brought home from the newly-discovered land of Punt.
The expeditionary force comprised five ships, each seventy feet long, accommodating 210 men including sailors and 30 rowers. Among the company were people who made records of the fauna, flora and the inhabitants of Punt, spiritual forebears of the Napoleonic scientists who wrote their Déscriptions of Egypt. Nehsi was buried in Saqqara, where he had a rock cut tomb.