The daughter of King Thutmose I, Hatshepsut became queen of Egypt at a very young age. Following her husband's death, she became regent waiting for her infant stepson to come of age. However, she soon extended her power and took on the role of Pharoah, ordering scultptors and artists to depict her as a male king. Here, in one of several granite sculptures found in her burial temple, she wears the traditional male regal dress; kilt, false-beard, and the nemes head cloth, as well as a masculine body form. She seemed to want to hide the fact that she was female from the people of Egypt. In her hands she holds round offering vessels for Amun, the hybrid of Atum the creator god, and Ra the sun god. Hatshepsut was almost lost to history as her stepson, Thutmose III, ordered an iconoclast of media that depicted her, in an attempt to erase the legacy of her iconic rule.
Photo credit / Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access New York, New York