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Head of Hatshepsut or Thutmose III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

If the name on a statue is no longer preserved, archaeologists rely on stylistic analysis to identify its subject. Though this head has often been called Thutmose III, recent research suggests that it actually represents the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The male ruler Thutmose was usually depicted with a rounder, more delicate face. The feather pattern visible at the back of the head shows that the original statue depicted its plumage and wings of the falcon god Horus, symbolizing kingship.

MEDIUM Granite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Height: 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 55.118
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Head of Hatshepsut or Thutmose III, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Granite, Height: 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.118. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE 3/4 front right, 55.118_threequarter_right_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black granite head of a king wearing nemes headdress. Conventionalized portrait. Probably of Tuthmosis III. Large uraeus with body in double loop. Strap for attachment of beard. At back of left side of nemes remains of conventionalized feathers presumably from figure of a bird, or bird detail, at rear of head. Condition: Preserved only in face and front of head. Left eye chipped. Chin lost. Stone is cracked, nose lost.
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