Detail View: The AMICA Library: Seated Statue of Hatshepsut

AMICA Library Year: 
Object Type: 
Creator Nationality: 
African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: 
Seated Statue of Hatshepsut
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Object name
Creation Date: 
ca. 1503-1482 B.C.E.
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Materials and Techniques: 
Red granite
Classification Term: 
H. 65 3/4 in. (167 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
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Credit Line: 
Rogers Fund, 1929

This graceful, lifesize statue depicts Hatshepsut in female attire, but she wears the nemes headcloth, a royal attribute usually reserved for the reigning king. In the columns of text inscribed beside her legs on the front of the throne, she has already adopted the throne name Maatkare, but her titles and epithets are still feminine. Thus, she is Lady of the Two Lands and Bodily Daughter of Re. On the back of the throne, part of an unusual and enigmatic scene is preserved. At the left is the goddess Ipi, a protective deity depicted as a pregnant hippopotamus with feline legs who wears a crocodile draped across her head and down her back and carries knives. This goddess was the protector of pregnant women and of children and thus would have been associated with the reigning queen. This mixture of attributes belonging to king and queen suggests that the statue comes from the time when Hatshepsut was making the transition from Queen regent to coruler with her nephew Tuthmosis III.

In the early 1920s the Museum's Egyptian Expedition excavated numerous fragments of the statue near Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri in western Thebes. The torso, however, had been found in 1869 and was in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. A recent loan has allowed the pieces to be reunited for the first time since the statue was destroyed in about 1460 B.C.E.

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