Relief Fragment Showing Head of Queen Ahmose
Queen Hatshepsut supported her right to rule by claiming to be the daughter of the god Amun, who visited her mother Queen Ahmose in the form of King Thutmose I. Ahmose's role in this royal myth explains the prominence of her images in Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el Bahri. This fragmentary head of Ahmose was the work of one of Hatshepsut's best sculptors, who indicated the subject's maturity by carving a slight double chin. The headdress was later scored with a chisel, perhaps in preparation for repainting.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 8 7/16 in. (12.1 x 21.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 57.76.2
- Credit Line: Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief Fragment Showing Head of Queen Ahmose, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 4 3/4 x 8 7/16 in. (12.1 x 21.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement, 57.76.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of limestone relief. Head of Queen Ahmose facing right wearing the vulture headdress the entire surface of which is covered with triangular incisions. Only lower portion of head is preserved from base of eye to upper part of neck. Flesh yellow, remains of blue pigment on wig; background white. Condition: Incomplete. Assembled from at least two fragments..
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)