Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut

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Nicole Lesar
published on 24 June 2021

This is a large, kneeling statue of Hatshepsut that was found during excavations of her temple at Deir el-Bahri. In this statue, Hatshepsut is depicted wearing the nemes headcloth, a false beard on her chin, andis kneeling with a nemset jar in each hand. The headcloth and false beard was not representative of Hatshepsut trying to be a male, it followed traditional depictions of the pharaoh in Egyptian statuary.

Interestingly, in this statue Hatshepsut is seen kneeling, an uncommon pose for a pharaoh since they were considered to be gods on Earth. Here she is depicted kneeling as she makes an offering to the god Amun (the nemset jars). Inscriptions on the statue indicate that Hatshepsut is offering "maat" to Amun. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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About the Author

Nicole Lesar
Nicole is an Earth/Environmental Scientist, who is currently teaching Earth Science to Middle School students. She has a passion for ancient history, particularly ancient Egypt, due to the teachings of her Nonno (grandfather).


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Lesar, N. (2021, June 24). Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Lesar, Nicole. "Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 24, 2021.

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Lesar, Nicole. "Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 24 Jun 2021. Web. 26 Mar 2023.