Egyptianising Statue of Female



Fragment of a female figure, wearing the nemes headdress, in the appearance of a pharaoh. She has rounded breasts, and the gesture of the arm bent at right angle and resting on the chest and holding a crooked staff, is more typical of women than men. The pharaonic headdress is symbolic of royal status rather than gender, but it is known to have been worn by the female ruler, Hatshepsut, of the 18th Dynasty. The statue is missing its lower part and has a rough lower surface. The left elbow, lotus and upper back of the pillar have been broken and reattached. The sculpture would have originally been about one metre tall.