This is a statue is of Hatshepsut made out of red granite in the New Kingdom. It is larger than life-size which is typical of images of the Pharaoh. She is also portrayed as a man, with the clothing, headdress, fake beard, and lack of feminine features. This was because it was thought that only men could handle the balance of being ruler of the land and people as well as playing a role with the gods. This portrays Hatshepsut offering Ma’at to Amon; Ma’at is the balance of life and Amon is the god of upper Egypt. She is keeling with a jar in each hand which would most likely have been filled with incense. The types of sculptures also had not much to any space between the arms and legs as they acted as a Ka or votive statue and they did not want it to be damaged. A Ka statue was to keep the soul of the person alive, even if the body was destroyed and a votive statue was a statue that stood in for a wish or a prayer. It was sculpted by using the Egyptian cannon of proportions, but like other sculptures around this time, it represents the idea of the Pharaoh and not what she actually looked like.

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