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Head and Shoulders of a Sphinx of Hatshepsut

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
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 & temple courts, MMA excavations, 1926–28
Medium:
Granite, paint
Dimensions:
h. 120.3 cm (47 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.3.167
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 115
This fragmentary sphinx represents the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Portions of six granite sphinxes were discovered during the Museum's excavations in the area of Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri in Western Thebes. A nearly complete example (31.3.166) is on display in gallery 131. This sphinx still retains substantial blue paint on the royal beard, traces of yellow paint on the pleats of the nemes-headcloth, and small amounts of paint around the eyes.
A smaller sphinx in a different style is also owned by the Museum (31.3.94).
Museum excavations, various years. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1931.

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