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Head of Queen Hatshepsut

Artefact Details

Gallery number: 11 – Ground Floor

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BC)

Size: Height: 61 cm, Width: 55 cm

Place of discovery: Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Material: Painted Limestone

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This head comes from one of the twenty-four colossal Osiris statues that decorate the portico of the third terrace of her mortuary temple at Deir el Bahari. Hatshepsut was the sister-wife of Thutmosis II and become the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. The queen is portrayed as Osiris with male attributes like the ceremonial beard and depicted with reddish-brown skin, a colour usually restricted to men in ancient Egyptian art, in contrast to the pale yellowish colour reserved for women.