Seated Statue of Hatshepsut

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1473–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri & Asasif, Senenmut Quarry & MMA tombs 108, 116, possibly Asasif, MMA 1926–1928/Lepsius 1843–1845
Indurated limestone, paint
h. 195 cm (76 3/4 in); w. 49 cm (19 5/16 in); d. 114 cm (44 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Hatshepsut, the most successful of several female rulers of ancient Egypt, declared herself king sometime between years 2 and 7 of the reign of her stepson and nephew, Thutmose III. She adopted the full titulary of a pharaoh, including the throne name Maatkare, which is the name most frequently found on her monuments. Her throne name and her personal name, Hatshepsut, are both written in cartouches making them easy to recognize.
    This life-size statue shows Hatshepsut in the ceremonial attire of an Egyptian pharaoh, traditionally a man's role. In spite of the masculine dress, the statue has a distinctly feminine air, unlike most other representations of Hatshepsut as ruler. Even the kingly titles on the sides of the throne are feminized to read "the Perfect Goddess, Lady of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Egypt)" and "Bodily Daughter of Re (the sun god)."
    Traces of blue pigment are visible in some of the hieroglyphs on the front of the statue and a small fragment on the back of the head shows that the pleats of the nemes headcloth were originally painted with alternating blue and yellow.

  • Provenance

    The lower part of the statue was acquired by Karl Richard Lepsius and taken to Berlin in 1845. The head, left forearm, and parts of the throne were excavated by the Museum during the 1926-27 season and acquired in the division of finds. The Berlin fragment was acquired by the Museum in an exchange in 1929.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History