Height: 52.000 cm
Acquired in 1835 at the sale of the Salt Collection
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Limestone block statue of Inebny
From Thebes, Egypt
18th Dynasty, around 1450 BC
Evidence of the official persecution of a king's history
The inscription on this
Thutmose III was the son of Thutmose II (1492-1479 BC) by a relatively minor queen, Isis, and was only six years old on his accession. Consequently Hatshepsut, Thutmose II's principal wife, acted as regent. At some point around year 7 of his reign, Hatshepsut declared herself king and took on the full titulary and iconography of royalty, only the second woman to do so in ancient Egypt. She never denied that Thutmose was also king, but he was kept in a secondary role until her death in around year 21 of his reign.
Later in the reign, there was an official persecution of Hatshepsut's memory, and public monuments were comprehensively edited, and her name erased.
E.J. Lambert (ed.), Hieroglyphic texts from Egypti, Part 5 (London, British Museum, 1914)
E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: masterworks of (University of California Press, 2001)
R. Schulz, Die Entwicklung und Bedeutung (Hildesheim, 1992)
S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)