SANDSTONE SPHINXES OF QUEEN HATSHEPSUT FROM DEIR EL-BAHARI: PRELIMINARY REMARKS Cover Image

SANDSTONE SPHINXES OF QUEEN HATSHEPSUT FROM DEIR EL-BAHARI: PRELIMINARY REMARKS
SANDSTONE SPHINXES OF QUEEN HATSHEPSUT FROM DEIR EL-BAHARI: PRELIMINARY REMARKS

Author(s): Agata Smilgin
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Deir el-Bahari; Temple of Hatshepsut; sphinx statues; sandstone; statuary; causeway restoration

Summary/Abstract: Fragments of sandstone sphinx statues of Hatshepsut from the excavations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1911-1932) were “rediscovered” recently in storage in Deir el-Bahari. The pieces (altogether 4500) have now been collected together, studied and recorded, the objective being to evaluate whether a reconstruction of any of them is possible. The project has been undertaken under the auspices of the Polish–Egyptian Archaeological and Conservation Mission to the Hatshepsut Temple at Deir el-Bahari. The statues, which were all sculpted and painted, represented three different types of recumbent androsphinxes wearing either a khat-headdress, a nemes-headdress or a tripartite wig.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: XXI
  • Page Range: 255-260
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English