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Large 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, Senenmut Quarry, MMA excavations, 1927–28
H. 261.5 cm (102 15/16 in.); W. 80 cm (31 1/2 in.); D. 137 cm (53 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 115
On the upper terrace of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri, the central sanctuary was dedicated to the god Amun-Re, whose principal place of worship was Karnak temple, located across the Nile, on the east bank of the river. During a yearly festival, called the Beautiful Feast of the Valley, the god's image was transported across the river to the west bank. Carrying the god in his sacred barque, the festival procession followed a roadway lined with sphinxes that led to Hatshepsut’s temple. On the middle terrace, the pathway was flanked by colossal kneeling statues that represented Hatshepsut as the ideal Egyptian king - a young man in the prime of life.

Some of the statues were depicted wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt (see 30.3.1). Others, like this one and 30.3.2, wear the nemes-headcloth. Hatshepsut also wears the false beard and shendyt-kilt that are part of the regalia of a king. The inscription on this statue indicates that Hatshepsut is offering Amun Maat (translated as order, truth, or justice). By making this offering, Hatshepsut affirms that Maat is the guiding principal of her reign.

The Fragments of these statues were discovered during several seasons of excavations by the Museum’s Egyptian Expedition. The statues were reassembled as much as possible in the field (see attached photographs). In the division of finds, the most complete examples were sent to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Fragments of the statues given to the Metropolitan Museum were reconstructed in New York by attaching them to metal armatures and filling in the gaps with plaster (see attached photograph). Although the plaster has been tinted to blend with the stone, it is possible to distinguish the original stone fragments from the plaster fill.
Museum excavations, 1927-28. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1929.

Scott, Nora E. 1945. Egyptian Statues. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, fig. 9.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 96, fig. 53.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 46-47.

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