Temple Wall Relief of Thutmose I



Relief of Thutmose I, from Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahari. It shows the king wearing the khat headcloth with a coiled uraeus on his brow. Above his head is the bottom of a cartouche with a "ka" hieroglyph. Outside the cartouche on the left is a circular hieroglyph without internal markings; and on the right is the end of a low broad hieroglyph. The area below the neck is of particular interest as it can be seen that the sculptor changed his mind about the position of the king’s arms. The arms were originally raised, in the act of offering before a god. The angle suggests he was offering conical loaves of bread (Gardnier Sign List X8) rather than a "nw" pot. The scene was redesigned to show the king’s arms by his side, with trace of the earlier work removed and painted over. There are traces of red pigment in the corner of the mouth, the nostril, the ear and within the lines of the arms. This piece was probably taken from the end wall of the hall of the Anubis Chapel in the Middle Terrace at Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahari (PM II2, pp. 354-5). In Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery there is another piece from the same collector, P. E. Wodehouse, showing a queen, probably Ahmose, wearing a vulture headdress (accession no. 15.43).