Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Canadian team led by Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner has unearthed (July 2011 but reported now) a rare wooden statue of a Pharaoh, suspected to be King (Queen) Hatshepsut, unusually portrayed in a feminine fashion with narrow waist and delicate jawline.  My thanks to Ric Schuller for the news.

Unfortunately at present every Canadian web link I try is down, so I can only find the link to (what is possibly) a secondary report.

The statue was found in an elite (non-royal) offering chapel but associated with a larger structure, possibly royal, and dating to the 19th Dynasty.  Having seen a picture of the statue on the link, unless there is more in the primary sources, the designation of Hatshepsut seems as though it is based primarily on a process of elimination - it cannot be anybody else.  Possibly, but while it could be Hatshepsut, it seems a somewhat tentative identification at best.  

6 comments:

Tony Holmes said...

I have looked a the photo of the statue. It is a leap of imagination to suggest this is Hatshepsut http://www.history.com/news/2012/03/13/egypt-dig-reveals-animal-mummies-and-possible-hatshepsut-statue/

Anonymous said...

If it's from a chapel dating to the 19th dynasty, the more "feminine" features might be a result of a lingering influence of 18th dynasty Amarna art but then the 19th dynasty itself had one female ruler, it's last ruler queen/king Twosret.

David said...

Wouldn't it be a wonderful surprise if it turned out to be Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten. If a move towards traditional religious belief began after the death of Akhenaten as suggested by reused funerary found in the tomb of Tutankhamen and a graffiti from the tomb of Pere (TT139) at Thebes
"Year 3, 3rd month of the Inundation, day 10. The king of Upper and Lower Egypt, lord of the Two Lands, Ankhkheprure - beloved of Aten, son of Re Nefereneferuaten beloved of Waenre (Akhenaten) ... Giving praise to Amun, kissing the ground before Onnophris by the wab-priest and scribe of divine offerings of Amun in the temple of Ankhkheprure in Thebes, Pawah, born to Itefseneb." It seems to me Ankhkheprure could have commissioned a statue for the Holy city of Abydos.

Ken said...

@David,

Very interesting possibility. I wish it were in better shape, or at least there was a better picture to compare the face to Nefertiti's bust and Amarna representations of Meritaten and Ankhesenamun.

Ken

Anonymous said...

Despite the find site, it looks to me, very much like the royal funerary "guardian" statues, such as those in the British Museum and from Tuts tomb.

Stuart Tyler said...

@ Anonymous - i agree. Shendyt kilt, left foot forward. Very similar to a guardian statue.

I have seen a few pictures in different angles, but its not conclusive. There are feminine traits on the face (in my opinion)and there are similarities with Hatshepsut (again with the face and again my opinion), but not enough to be convinced. As far as i know there are no hieroglyphs, which would have been handy.

Regards,
Stuart

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