Hatshepsut's Mother, Queen Ahmose

Late 19th Century, original New Kingdom (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.)

Howard Carter British

Not on view

This facsimile painting copies an image of Queen Ahmose, mother of the female king Hatshepsut, in the latter's temple at Deir el-Bahri. The original is part of a sequence of scenes that illustrate the divine conception and birth of Hatshepsut. In this series, the god Amun visits Ahmose in order to impregnates her, and thus to confirm Hatshepsut as a divine and therefore legitimate ruler. This particular scene shows the pregnant Ahmose being escorted by the ram-headed god Khnum and the frog-headed Heqet into the chamber where she will give birth.

Hatshepsut's Mother, Queen Ahmose, Howard Carter (British, London 1873–1939 London), Tempera on paper

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.