Sheshonq, after coming to power in Lower Egypt (the Nile Delta area), spent several years subduing Upper Egypt and reuniting the country after decades of internal division. The fact that he had this relief carved on the walls of the Karnak Temple in Upper Egypt, and the fact that he is shown wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt, emphasize this fact. See Shirly Ben Dor Evian, “Shishak’s Karnak Relief: More than Just Name-Rings,” in S. Bar, D. Kahn and J.J. Shirley, eds., Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp. 11–22.