Object Sphinx of Hatshepsut
Artículo n.° TM0083

Granite

The object "Sphinx of Hatshepsut" captures the regal essence of the female pharaoh.

The object "Sphinx of Hatshepsut" captures the regal essence of the female pharaoh.

Handcrafted from granite, each piece is unique, marked by variations in color and veining. Measuring W. 59 cm, D. 16.5 cm, and H. 28 cm, this colossal sphinx melds the strength of a lion with the idealized beauty of Pharaoh Hatshepsut. It once graced her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri, a testament to her powerful reign. This piece, echoing the great sphinx of Giza, stands as a symbol of enduring Egyptian artistry and history.

HISTORIC PROVENANCE


The Object Sphinx of Hatshepsut is inspired by a colossal Egyptian sphinx (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Depicting the female pharaoh Hatshepsut with the body of a lion and a human head wearing a headcloth and false beard, the imposing granite statue, which displays powerful lion-like musculature, was one of at least six granite sphinxes that stood in Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri. This reinterpretation has been crafted in granite in homage to the original.

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