Head of Queen Hatshepsut (?)

Head of Queen Hatshepsut (?)

c. 1479-1457 BC

Graywacke

Overall: 16.2 x 14.9 x 17.8 cm (6 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.976

Description

Tuthmosis III was still a child when he came to the throne, so his stepmother and aunt, Hatshepsut, assumed the reins of government, first as regent, then as full-fledged king beside him. This beautiful head represents either Hatshepsut or Tuthmosis III, whose facial features are notoriously difficult to tell apart. They ruled together for 22 years, and presumably the same sculptors worked for them both. Very likely the sculptors themselves did not know whose statue they were working on until the final inscription was added.

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