Sphinx of Maatkare Hatshepsut

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Elsie McLaughlin
published on 08 July 2017
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This limestone and plaster piece depicts the female pharaoh Maatkare Hatshepsut as a sphinx. She has the body and mane of a lion, with the head of a human. Carved between the paws of the statue is a cartouche enclosing the pharaoh's throne name, "Maatkare" ("Truth is the Soul of the Sun.) (c. 1479-1458 BCE, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

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Elsie McLaughlin
Elsie McLaughlin is an aspiring Egyptologist, whose areas of interest include the Amarna Period, gender, female kingship, and the history of the early New Kingdom, as well as the relationship between royal women & warfare in the New Kingdom.

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McLaughlin, E. (2017, July 08). Sphinx of Maatkare Hatshepsut. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/6872/sphinx-of-maatkare-hatshepsut/

Chicago Style

McLaughlin, Elsie. "Sphinx of Maatkare Hatshepsut." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 08, 2017. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/6872/sphinx-of-maatkare-hatshepsut/.

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McLaughlin, Elsie. "Sphinx of Maatkare Hatshepsut." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Jul 2017. Web. 20 Jul 2024.