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Large Seated Statue of Hatshepsut

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Senenmut Quarry, lower court and north of temple, MMA excavations, 1926–27
Medium:
Granite
Dimensions:
Base: W. 61 x L. 142.2 cm (24 x 56 in.) Height: H. 229.9 cm (90 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.3.163
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 115
In this statue, Hatshepsut is portrayed as a male pharaoh dressed in the costume of an Egyptian king, althought she does not wear the usual false beard. Like all the statues from Hatshepsut's temple, this one was broken into many pieces after her death by her nephew and co-ruler, Thutmose III. Unlike most of the others, the features of her face have also been systematically destroyed. Certain details of the statue were originally painted, and traces of pigment are still visible on the headdress and broad collar.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

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