Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a Leopard with the Name of Hatshepsut

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Red jasper
h. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in); w. 3 cm (1 3/16 in); d. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
Not on view
Two jasper gaming pieces almost identical to this one are known. One is on loan to the Antikenmuseum Basel, the other is in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Presumably all three were part of a set used for playing senet and twenty squares, two board games popular in the New Kingdom.

The leopard head has been carved with great detail. A cartouche with Hatshepsut's throne name, Maatkare, is visible on the top of its head, and "Hatshepsut, linked with Amun" is inscribed on the back of the neck.
Formerly Hilton Price Collection; sold at Sotheby's London, 1911, lot 1393; purchased by Lord Carnarvon for hsi collection.Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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