Kneeling statue of Hatshepsut
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
- ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, "Hatshepsut Hole" (depression east of temple of Thutmose III), MMA excavations, 1922–23
- Granite, paint
- H. 61.6 cm (24 1/4 in.); W. 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.); D. 51.5 cm (20 1/4 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1923
- Accession Number:
At least eight, and perhaps as many as twelve small kneeling statues of Hatshepsut are thought to have been placed somewhere in the uppermost court of her temple at Deir el-Bahri. In these statues Hatshepsut is represented wearing the khat headcloth, and she offers a nemset vessel with a djed pillar superimposed on the front. It has been suggested that the combined use of the headdress, the vessel, and the djed pillar, which symbolizes endurance, is intended to evoke the setting up of a djed pillar at a king’s rejuvenation festival, or Heb Sed. It has also been suggested that Hatshepsut intended to celebrate a Heb Sed toward the end of her reign.