Statue of Hatshepsut Seated

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Statue of Hatshepsut Seated The seated statue of Hatshepsut is dated around ca. 1473-1458 B.C. around the 18th dynasty in Deir el-Bahri, Upper Egypt. This statue is made entirely out of indurated limestone and has a height of 195 cm, width of 49 cm, and diameter of 114 cm. Many statues like this were found in her mortuary temple that has been ransacked and destroyed by bandits and pharaohs. I consider this statue to be in very bad condition because of its age and the history behind it. From first glance I noticed the statue has significant damage in many places. There are noticeable chips in the headdress, nose, and left eyebrow. The left hand placed upon left knee has completely fallen off while half of her right arm is missing. The …show more content…

She alone commissioned hundreds of construction projects throughout both Upper and Lower Egypt that were considered greater than any buildings built before.
The greatest masterpiece of Hatshepsut was her mortuary tomb. The excavation was funded by the Metropolitan Museum and lead by Herbert Winlock in the early 1927. When he discovered the location, he described signs of vandalism everywhere. Cobra-like objects symbolizing royalty had fallen off from statue’s foreheads, eyes of statues and paintings were gouged out and many if not all statue pieces were destroyed in some way. It was speculated that grave robbers have invaded her mortuary tomb long ago, stealing valuable objects like the jewels that were in the eyes. The most definitive guess however was that her stepson, Tuthmose III had her mortuary tomb ransacked and all her funerary possessions destroyed. Winslow suspected this happened because even though Hatshepsut ruled in a very prosperous age, she still made many enemies because of the things that she did. A few years after Tuthmose II’s death, she declared herself the next pharaoh even though she was only made regent until Tuthmose III becomes of age. It has been speculated that Hatshepsut forced Tuthmose III into a confined room for most his life and when she finally died, he took revenge over her. Thutmose III’s destruction of Hatshepsut’s statues and paintings has been thought of as an attempt to wipe