Gallery 115 - Sculptures of The Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut
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Sometime after the death of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.), her erstwhile co-regent and successor Thutmose III (ca. 1479–1425 B.C.) ordered the destruction of all her images. Thousands of fragments of smashed sculptures were excavated by the Museum at her temple in Deir el-Bahri in the late 1920s and reassembled. Twelve of the reassembled works are exhibited here, re-creating the splendor of temple statuary that was destroyed three and a half millennia ago.