Queen Ahmose, Mother of Hatshepsut
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Hatshepsut supported her right to rule by claiming to be the daughter of the god Amun, who visited her mother, Queen Ahmose, in the form of King Thutmose I. Ahmose’s role in this royal myth explains the prominence of her images in Hatshepsut’s funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri.
This fragmentary head of Ahmose was the work of one of Hatshepsut’s best sculptors, who indicated the subject’s maturity by carving a slight double chin. The headdress was later scored with a chisel, perhaps in preparation for repainting.
ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
5 × 9 × 1 1/4 in., 1.5 lb. (12.7 × 22.9 × 3.2 cm, 0.68kg) (show scale)
Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement
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Queen Ahmose, Mother of Hatshepsut, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 5 × 9 × 1 1/4 in., 1.5 lb. (12.7 × 22.9 × 3.2 cm, 0.68kg). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Arthur W. Clement, 57.76.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 57.76.2_PS9.jpg)
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Fragment of limestone relief. Head of Queen Ahmose facing right wearing the vulture headdress the entire surface of which is covered with triangular incisions. Only lower portion of head is preserved from base of eye to upper part of neck. Flesh yellow, remains of blue pigment on wig; background white.
Condition: Incomplete. Assembled from at least two fragments.
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