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March 03 2015

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Four Kneeling Statues of Smaller Size
Dynasty 18, joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, (ca. 1473-1458 B.C.E.)
Granite, from Thebes, originally from Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri; MMA excavations, 1922-23, 1926-27

"At least eight, perhaps up to twelve statues of Hatshepsut of this type are thought to have been placed along the last section of the processional way in the uppermost court of the temple. Hatshepsut is again represented kneeling, in this instance wearing the soft khat headcloth and presenting djed (endurance) symbols and nemset water jars, a combination of gifts that was part of the rituals around the procession of the boat-shaped ('barque') shrine in which the image of the god Amun was conveyed once a year across the river to rest overnight in the sanctuary of Hatshepsut's temple." (From the Metropolitan Museum, NYC info card)
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Big giant scarab statue at the Temple of Karnak, thanks to King Amenhotep III aka Amenhotep The Great
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The vulture goddess Nekhebet and a frieze of lotsa cobra deities - Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el Bahri
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Statuette of Hatshepsut; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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“It is not precise to call Hatshepsut a queen, despite the English understanding of the word; once she took the throne, Hatshepsut could only be called a king. In the ancient Egyptian language, the word queen only existed in relation to a man, as the “king’s woman.” Once crowned, Hatshepsut served no man.”

We’ve got a brand-new essay on the kick-ass, cross-dressing Egyptian ruler Hatshepsut. Just don’t call her a queen.

August 01 2013

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Maat-Ka-Ra Hatshepsut Khnum-Amon

July 27 2013

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The ancient Egyptians believed that the dung beetle, the Scarabaeus sacer, was one of the manifestations of the sun god. Representations of these beetles were used as amulets, and for ritual or administrative purposes. This small, red carnelian scarab has a vertically arranged bottom inscription, which consists of three lines of right reading text with a cartouche in the center. An oval line frames the inscription. The text contains the name and title of crown princess Neferure, daughter of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, and a formula wishing her life. The highest point of the back is the pronotum (dorsal plate of the prothorax). Pronotum and elytron (wing cases) have fine single borderlines and double separation lines. The lines flow is almost regular, only the partition lines between pronotum and elytron overlap slightly. The trapezoidal head is flanked by quarter-ovoid eyes. The trapezoidal side plates have curved outer edges, and the clypeus (front plate), which is very large in comparison to the head, has four frontal serrations and a central base notch. The extremities show natural form and vertical hatch lines for the tibial teeth and pilosity (hair), the background between the legs is deeply hollowed out. The oval base is symmetrical. The scarab is longitudinally pierced, and was originally mounted or threaded. It functions as a name seal and user-individualized amulet of crown princess Neferure. The scarab should secure the individual’s existence (wish formula: “who may live"), divine relation (title: “divine consort"), and royal status (cartouche) of the crown princess, and the red color her magic protection. The material, carnelian, was especially used for protective amulets and the Egyptians believed that it would intensify the magical potency. The scarab could have been a personal amulet of the princess, but it is also possible that it was given to a private person to guarantee the crown princess’ patronage. Scarabs made of dark red carnelian were popular for the female members of the court in early 18th Dynasty.
Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
[Translation] Name of the crown princess Neferure in a cartouche, combined with the princess’ title and a wish formula: Divine consort: / Neferu-Re, / who may live.
Acquired by Henry Walters

via Scarab of Neferu-Re · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art

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Chapel of Amun - Temple of Hatshepsut (by Walwyn)

July 26 2013

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Chapel of Amun - Temple of Hatshepsut (by Walwyn)

Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva

July 23 2013

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Ivory headrest of Tutankhamon
Shu, the god of air between the Aker lions, Yesterday and Tomorrow

via Les appuie-tête de Toutânkhamon - La Balance des 2 Terres

Reposted bywtfpanteraAncientEgyptian

July 21 2013

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