Make your own free website on Tripod.com
 

 

 

Home

Min's main Temple in Gebut        

Sanctuary of Min

  Sacred lake of Min

  More about Min

God servants of Min

Priesthood of Egypt

Horus's Temple in Gesy

History of Horus

History Horus the elder

Festival days of Horus

Defending the Kingdom

War

Temple of Nun

Temple of Imhotep

Temple of Tawerwt

Trade and tribute

Leave Offerings or comments

View offerings 

Shrine to Min in Sile

Find out your birth tree

House of Senenmut  

Links    

TRADE  AND  TRIBUTE

Ships sailed up and down the Nile loaded with goods for trade. The Mayor exchanged cereals, textiles, paper and dried fish, beads and luxury items for copper, spices, ebony, ivory and incense from foreign lands. Despite the wealth of the city of Gesy,  some things were unattainable here.  Trees did not grow plentifully beside the Nile, and building timber came from the cedars of Byblos (Lebanon) in the north. The Mayor has access to all the produce of the African interior through trade links with the princes of Nubia, who supplied gold, semi-precious stones and exotic animals. Gesy merchants crossed the Red Sea and travelled through the desert as far as the lands of Kush and Punt in the south. Countries that had been defeated in war or wanted to be friendly to the Pharaoh paid tribute in the form of expensive goods such as horses and wheeled chariots, and these gifts were often channelled through the the city of Gesy.

FOUR-FOOTED SUBJECTS

The Mayor of Gesy liked wild and exotic animals from other countries to have on show in the Gesy Zoo for his citizens to look at.

DID YOU KNOW ?

That after sunset, Nile sailing ships stayed moored, because the sailors could not see the shifting sandbanks in the darkness.

FAIR EXCHANGE : The value of trade goods for exchange by barter was carefully worked out. In the marketplace, a clay pot might pay for some linen cloth.

SAILORS' PAY : Sailors who worked on the large wooden trading vessels were paid with grain. When their ships docked, they were able to visit the quayside stalls and swap their  grain for clothing, fresh fruit and vegetables.
COUNTING THE CARGO : All foreign trade goods belonged to the Pharaoh. Scribes kept careful records of the cargoes as they were unloaded.

CARVED IVORY STICKS

These sticks were used for playing games.

Elephant tusks were imported from African lands to the south.