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Kneeling statue 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, "Hatshepsut Hole" (depression east of temple of Thutmose III), MMA excavations, 1922–23
Medium:
Granite, paint
Dimensions:
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:
23.3.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 115
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.
Museum excavations, 1922-23. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1923.

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.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p.97.

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