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Head and Shoulders of a Sphinx 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 & temple courts, MMA excavations, 1926–28
Granite, paint
h. 120.3 cm (47 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
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.

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. 92.

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