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Seller: egyptanubis (55) 100%, Location: Cairo, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 153060965085 You Are Bidding on Rare Antique Ancient Egyptuan Statue for Senenmut High Steward of queen pharaoh Hatchepsut . since it shows Senemut while sitting while princess Neferure is emerging out of him since it shows princess Neferure shown As child coming out with her head out of senenmut. since pricess Nefrerure was daughter of queen pharaoh Hatchepsut since Hatchepsut she was women but after her husband death she became a king also she weared always like men to show that she is strong pharaoh king. since when queen Hatchepsut became a king she has no time to raise her daughter so she makes her love senenmut since she loved senenmut and made him her High steward. since she maked her love senenmut to take care of her Daughter and to be her Tutor and to raise her up and to teach princess Neferure everything from writting reading and every thing. since it was said that princess Neferure loved her tutor senenmut too much. since it was said that Queen Hatchepsut loved Senenmut very much and they meet every night at mid night. since sinenmut because of his love to king Hatchepsut . she give him very high position at ancient Egyptian since she makes him high steward also all people and governers respected him abd was afraid from him also king Hatchepsut made for him lot of statues and moneuments since he had very high pisition at ancient Egyptian. since it shows princess Neferure while Emerging from her tutor Senenmut which shows her love to him as child. such statues were made during their life by order of queen Hatchepsut also was taken to grave after her death Height:15 cmwidth:8 cm Senenmut Senenmut (literally "mother's brother" sometimes transliterated as Senemut or Senmut) was one of the most powerful and famous (or infamous) officials of ancient Egypt. At the height of his power he was the Chief Steward of Amun, Tutor to the Princess Neferure and confidant (and possibly lover ) of the pharaoh Hatshepsut. However, both his early career and the circumstances surrounding his death and burial are obscure.His parents were Ramose and Hatnefer (also referred to as Hatnofer and Hatnefret) who probably hailed from Iuny (Hermonthis - modern Armant, to the south of Thebes) as their illustrious son honoured two local goddesses Renenutet and Iunyt ("she of Iuny") in statuary. Ramose did not bear any official title, merely the honorific "reveared" and his wife is simply referred to as "lady of the house" (a common title for a woman of some means but with no specific honorific role). Ramose seems to have died early in the career of Senenmut and was given a simple burial, however, he was later reburied in a more lavish tomb with his children and his wife Hatnefer who received a notably richer burial. Senenmut had at least three brothers (Amenemhet, Minhotep and Pairy) and two sisters (Ahhotep and Nofrethor) but none of his siblings attained high office and only Minhotep is referenced outside the tomb of his brother. None of the monuments of Senenmut predate the joint reign of Tuthmosis and Hatshepsut but it is generally suggested that his career began during the reign of Tuthmosis I, possibly in the army of as the Oversear of Seals or Overseer of the Audience Chamber, but to date no definitive evidence of this has been discovered. It is likely he was appointed Tutor and Steward to Princess Neferure and Great Steward of the God's Wife (Hatshepsut) by Tuthmosis II but again there is no definitive evidence to confirm when this took place.When Hatshepsut became regent for Tuthmosis III on the death of her husband Tuthmosis II the star of Senenmut was truly on the ascendency. He was put in charge of the quarrying of her two obelisks at Aswan. Then she allowed him to dedicate three votive statues in Karnak (two of which depict him with Neferure) and excavate a shrine at Gebel el-Silsila. He was promoted to the position of Steward of Amun (possibly in year seven of the co-regency of Hatshepsut and Tuhmosis III when the queen declared herself pharaoh). He is often credited as the architect of the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut (Djeser-Djeseru) at Deir el Bahri, largely because he held the post of "Overseer of works of Amun at Djeser Djeseru" but there is no firm evidence that he actually designed the complex. Senenmut left posterity twenty-five statues of himself and a number of depictions within the monuments of Hatshepsut. Many of these images were ground breaking. Images of him as tutor with Princess Neferure are the first examples of their type and he was also the first to be depicted offering a sacred sistrum to a god, the first to be depicted holding a surveyors rope and the first man depicted holding a naos shrine. As image of him adoring the pharaoh was inscribed behind a door jamb in Djeser-Djeseru It is sometimes suggested that as the image would be obscured when the door were open (and thus not visible to visitors) that Senenmut did not have permission to add his image to this temple but that seems rather unlikely. Others have suggested that the private nature of this image is suggestive of the depth of the personal relationship between Hatshepsut and Senenmut which was not to be shared with the entire world. Some commentators have suggested that Senenmut and Hatshepsut were lovers and some have even proposed that Neferure was his child (although this is less likely). Senenmut does not seem to have married or had attested children, which was rather unusual in ancient Egyptian society. He is depicted on his own or with his parents in depictions which would normally include his wife and his brother was placed in charge of his funerary provisions (a job which would generally fall to his child). There is also circumstantial evidence from statuary (such as the image of Senenmut and Neferure in which the princess appears to be emerging from his body), from graffiti (the depiction of an unnamed pharaoh and a common person in an erotic pose which is often though to represent Queen Hatshepsut and Senenmut), from his own inscriptions (while it was common for an official to describe themselves as "beloved of their lord" he also makes statements such as "I entered into the mysteries of the lady of the two lands") which may hint at a sexual relationship between the Queen and her official. This is, of course, highly speculative. Thus Senenmut has been described by some as the secret lover of the queen, by others as her most loyal supported and by others as an arch manipulator who was in fact the power behind the throne. Neferure Neferure ("The Beauty of Re") was the only daughter of Hatshepsut and Thuthmosis II of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Her half-brother was Thuthmosis III (son of Thuthmosis II and a lesser wife). When her father died, her mother initially acted as regent for the infant Thuthmosis III but soon named herself as pharaoh.Neferure was given a good education by a series of Hatshepsut's most able advisers; Ahmose Pen-Nekhebet (who had distinguished himself in service to her father and grandfather), Senenmut (alleged by some modern commentators to be her father), and Senimen. Ahmose states in his tomb..."Hatshepsut gave me repeated honours. I raised her eldest daughter, Princess Neferure, while she was still a child at the breast." Senenmut was clearly very proud of his role in her education and eight statues depicting the pair together have been discovered. In this typical example Neferure´s head emerges from his body as he curls his arms protectively around her. She wears the pleated sidelock and uraeus emblematic of a royal child, and her name (which is inscribed within the regal cartouche) is preceded by the title "god´s wife" (referring to Amun-Ra).Neferure was given an unusually powerful position in the royal court because of her mother´s promotion to pharaoh. As Hatshepsut had adopted the male titles and regalia of a pharaoh, Neferure was often depicted and described as the Great Wife so that she could embody the female aspects of the ruler. For example, a relief in Hatshepsut´s "Red Chapel" (Karnak) confirms her as the "God´s Wife of Amun" (an important ritual title held by the queen consorts of the Eighteenth Dynasty) and an inscription found at Sinai names her as "King´s Daughter King´s Wife" (sAt-niswt, hmt-niswt).According to some she was being prepared to take on the role of pharaoh herself. However, it is more likely that she was always destined to be the Great Wife of Thuthmosis III when he eventually took on the sole rule of Egypt and was merely providing this ritual service for her mother until that time. It seems that she did marry Thuthmosis III as a relief depicting his other wife (Satiah) may have originally refered to her. This would have provided him with a further legitimate claim to the throne as descent was matrilineal in Ancient Egypt. She is not recorded as his Great Wife, but this may be because she died before he became sole pharaoh.Although she was usually depicted as a child, there are a few images of her as an adult. She appears with her mother (who is depicted as a pharaoh) in a relief in Karnak. Neferure is also depicted there with Amun and Hathor God's Wife as princess Neferure. In both cases the text refers to her as God's Wife of Amun (imn-hmt-ntr). However, a reference to her in Djeser-Djeseru has led some to speculate that she was still alive when Thuthmosis took over as sole pharaoh and that she was the mother of his firstborn son, Amenemhat. Pharaoh Hatshepsut Hatshepsut (1507–1458 BCE) was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. She was the second historically confirmed female pharaoh, the first being Sobekneferu.(Various other women may have also ruled as pharaohs regnant or at least regents before Hatshepsut, as early as Neithhotep around 1600 years prior.) Hatshepsut came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BCE. Officially, she ruled jointly with Thutmose III, who had ascended to the throne the previous year as a child of about two years old. Hatshepsut was the chief wife of Thutmose II, Thutmose III’s father. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. she is also known as "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed. Hatshepsut was the daughter and only child of Thutmose Iand his primary wife Ahmose. Her husband Thutmose II was the son of Thutmose I and a secondary wife namedMutnofret, who carried the title King's daughter and was probably a child of Ahmose I. Hatshepsut and Thutmose II had a daughter named Neferure. Thutmose II fathered Thutmose III with Iset, a secondary wife Although contemporary records of her reign are documented in diverse ancient sources, Hatshepsut was thought by early modern scholars as only having served as a co-regent from approximately 1479 to 1458 BCE, during years seven to twenty-one of the reign previously identified as that of Thutmose III.[9] Today Egyptologists generally agree that Hatshepsut assumed the position of pharaoh.Hatshepsut was described as having a reign of about 22 years by ancient authors. Mentioning a woman called Amessis or Amensis who has been identified (from the context) as Hatshepsut. , her reign is described as lasting 21 years and nine months,while Africanus stated it was twenty-two years. At this point in the histories, records of the reign of Hatshepsut end, since the first major foreign campaign of Thutmose III was dated to his 22nd year, which also would have been Hatshepsut's 22nd year as pharaoh.Dating the beginning of her reign is more difficult, however. Her father's reign began in either 1526 or 1506 BCE according to the high and low estimates of her reign, respectively.[lThe length of the reigns of Tuthmosis I and Tuthmosis II, however, cannot be determined with absolute certainty. With short reigns, Hatshepsut would have ascended the throne 14 years after the coronation of Tuthmosis I, her father.Longer reigns would put her ascension 25 years after Tuthmosis I's coronation.Thus, Hatshepsut could have assumed power as early as 1512 BCE, or, as late as 1479 BCE.The earliest attestation of Hatshepsut as pharaoh occurs in the tomb of Ramose and Hatnofer, where a collection of grave goods contained a single pottery jar or amphora from the tomb's chamber—which was stamped with the date Year 7. Another jar from the same tomb—was stamped with the seal of the "God's Wife Hatshepsut" while two jars bore the seal of The Good Goddess Maatkare[ The dating of the amphorae, "sealed into the burial chamber by the debris from Senenmut's own tomb," is undisputed, which means that Hatshepsut was acknowledged as king, and not queen, of Egypt by Year 7 of her reign. Hatshepsut established the trade networks that had been disrupted during the Hyksos occupation of Egypt during theSecond Intermediate Period, thereby building the wealth of the eighteenth dynasty. She oversaw the preparations and funding for a mission to the Land of Punt. This trading expedition to Punt was roughly during Hatshepsut's ninth year of reign. It set out in her name with five ships, each measuring 70 feet (21 m) long bearing several sails]and accommodating 210 men that included sailors and 30 rowers.[] Many trade goods were bought in Punt, notably frankincense and myrrh.Hatshepsut's delegation returned from Punt bearing 31 live myrrh trees, the roots of which were carefully kept in baskets for the duration of the voyage. This was the first recorded attempt to transplant foreign trees. It is reported that Hatshepsut had these trees planted in the courts of hermortuary temple complex. Egyptians also returned with a number of other gifts from Punt, among which was frankincense.] Hatshepsut would grind the charred frankincense into kohl eyeliner. This is the first recorded use of the resin.Hatshepsut had the expedition commemorated in relief atDeir el-Bahri, which is also famous for its realistic depiction of the Queen of the Land of Punt, Queen Ati.The Puntite Queen is portrayed as relatively tall and her physique was generously proportioned, with large breasts and rolls of fat on her body. Due to the fat deposits on her buttocks, it has sometimes been argued that she may have had steatopygia. However, the main characteristic of a steatopygous woman is a disproportion in size between the buttocks and thighs, which was not the case with Ati. She instead appears to have been generally obese, a condition that was exaggerated by excessive lordosis or curvature of the lower spine.Hatshepsut also sent raiding expeditions to Byblos and Sinaishortly after the Punt expedition. Very little is known about these expeditions. Although it is claimed that her foreign policy was mainly peaceful, it is possible that she led military campaigns against Nubia andCanaan. Hatshepsut was one of the most prolific builders in ancient Egypt, commissioning hundreds of construction projects throughout both Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Arguably, her buildings were grander and more numerous than those of any of her Middle Kingdom predecessors'. Later pharaohs attempted to claim some of her projects as theirs. She employed the great architect Ineni, who also had worked for her father, her husband, and for the royal steward Senemut. During her reign, so much statuary was produced that almost every major museum with Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world has Hatshepsut statuary among their collections; for instance, Following the tradition of most pharaohs, Hatshepsut had monuments constructed at the Temple of Karnak. She also restored the original Precinct of Mut, the ancient great goddess of Egypt, at Karnak that had been ravaged by the foreign rulers during the Hyksos occupation. It later was ravaged by other pharaohs, who took one part after another to use in their pet projects and awaits restoration. She had twin obelisks, at the time the tallest in the world, erected at the entrance to the temple. One still stands, as the tallest surviving ancient obelisk on Earth; the other has broken in two and toppled.Another project, Karnak's Red Chapel, or Chapelle Rouge, was intended as a barque shrine and originally may have stood between her two obelisks. It was lined with carved stones that depicted significant events in Hatshepsut's life.She later ordered the construction of two more obelisks to celebrate her 16th year as pharaoh; one of the obelisks broke during construction and a third was therefore constructed to replace it. The broken obelisk was left at its quarrying site inAswan, where it still remains. Known as The Unfinished Obelisk, it demonstrates how obelisks were quarried The Temple of Pakhet was built by Hatshepsut at Beni Hasanin the Minya Governorate south of Al Minya. The name, Pakhet, was a synthesis that occurred by combining Bast andSekhmet, who were similar lioness war goddesses, in an area that bordered the north and south division of their cults. The cavernous underground temple, cut into the rock cliffs on the eastern side of the Nile, was admired and called the Speos Artemidos by the Greeks during their occupation of Egypt, known as the Ptolemaic Dynasty. They saw the goddess as akin to their hunter goddess Artemis. The temple is thought to have been built alongside much more ancient ones that have not survived. This temple has an architrave with a long dedicatory text bearing Hatshepsut's famous denunciation of the Hyksos They had occupied Egypt and cast it into a cultural decline that persisted until a revival brought about by her policies and innovations. This temple was altered later and some of its inside decorations were usurped by Seti I, in the nineteenth dynasty, attempting to have his name replace that of Hatshepsut.Following the tradition of many pharaohs, the masterpiece of Hatshepsut's building projects was a mortuary temple. She built hers in a complex at Deir el-Bahri. It was designed and implemented by Senenmut at a site on the West Bank of theNile River near the entrance to what now is called the Valley of the Kings because of all the pharaohs who later chose to associate their complexes with the grandeur of hers. Her buildings were the first grand ones planned for that location.The focal point was the Djeser-Djeseru or "the Sublime of Sublimes", a colonnaded structure of perfect harmony nearly one thousand years before the Parthenon was built. Djeser-Djeseru sits atop a series of terraces that once were graced with lush gardens. Djeser-Djeseru is built into a cliff face that rises sharply above it. Djeser-Djeseru and the other buildings of Hatshepsut's Deir el-Bahri complex are considered to be significant advances in architecture. Another one of her great accomplishments is the Hatshepsut needle (also known as the granite obelisks). Although it was uncommon for Egypt to be ruled by a woman, the situation was not unprecedented. As a regent, Hatshepsut was preceded by Merneith of the first dynasty, who was buried with the full honors of a pharaoh and may have ruled in her own right. Nimaathap of the third dynasty may have been the dowager of Khasekhemwy, but certainly acted as regent for her son, Djoser, and may have reigned as pharaoh in her own right.Nitocris may have been the last pharaoh of the sixth dynasty. Her name is found in the Histories of Herodotus and writings of Manetho, but her historicity is uncertain. Queen Sobekneferu of the twelfth dynasty is known to have assumed formal power as ruler of "Upper and Lower Egypt" three centuries earlier than Hatshepsut.Ahhotep I, lauded as a warrior queen, may have been a regent between the reigns of two of her sons, Kamose and Ahmose I, at the end of the seventeenth dynasty and the beginning of Hatshepsut's own eighteenth dynasty. Amenhotep I, also preceding Hatshepsut in the eighteenth dynasty, probably came to power while a young child and his mother, Ahmose-Nefertari, is thought to have been a regent for him.[Other women whose possible reigns as pharaohs are under study include Akhenaten's possible female co-regent/successor(usually identified as either Nefertiti or Meritaten) and Twosre. Among the later, non-indigenous Egyptian dynasties, the most notable example of another woman who became pharaoh was Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Perhaps in an effort to ease anxiety over the prospect of a female pharaoh, Hatshepsut claimed a divine right to rule based on the authority of the god Amun.In comparison with other female pharaohs, Hatshepsut's reign was much longer and more prosperous. She was successful in warfare early in her reign, but generally is considered to be a pharaoh who inaugurated a long peaceful era. She re-established international trading relationships lost during a foreign occupation and brought great wealth to Egypt. That wealth enabled Hatshepsut to initiate building projects that raised the calibre of Ancient Egyptian architecture to a standard, comparable to classical architecture, that would not be rivaled by any other culture for a thousand years. She managed to rule for about 20 years. One of the most famous things that she did was build Hatshepsut's temple .Hyperbole is common to virtually all royal inscriptions of Egyptian history. While all ancient leaders used it to laud their achievements, Hatshepsut has been called the most accomplished pharaoh at promoting her accomplishments.] This may have resulted from the extensive building executed during her time as pharaoh, in comparison with many others. It afforded her many opportunities to laud herself, but it also reflected the wealth that her policies and administration brought to Egypt, enabling her to finance such projects. Aggrandizement of their achievements was traditional when pharaohs built temples and their tombs. Women had a relatively high status in ancient Egypt and enjoyed the legal right to own, inherit, or will property. A woman becoming pharaoh was rare, however; onlySobekneferu, Khentkaus I and possibly Nitocris preceded her. The existence of this last ruler is disputed and is probably a mis-translation of a male king. Nefernferuaten andTwosret may have been the only women to succeed her among the indigenous rulers. In Egyptian history, there was no word for a "queen regnant" as in contemporary history, "king" being the Ancient Egyptian title regardless of gender, and by the time of her reign, pharaoh had become the name for the ruler. Hatshepsut is not unique, however, in taking the title of king. Sobekneferu, ruling six dynasties prior to Hatshepsut, also did so when she ruled Egypt. Hatshepsut had been well trained in her duties as the daughter of the pharaoh. During her father's reign she held the powerful office of God's Wife. She had taken a strong role as queen to her husband and was well experienced in the administration of her kingdom by the time she became pharaoh. There is no indication of challenges to her leadership and, until her death, her co-regent remained in a secondary role, quite amicably heading her powerful army—which would have given him the power necessary to overthrow a usurper of his rightful place, if that had been the case.Hatshepsut assumed all of the regalia and symbols of the pharaonic office in official representations: the Khat head cloth, topped with the uraeus, the traditional false beard, andshendyt kilt.Many existing statues alternatively show her in typically feminine attire as well as those that depict her in the royal ceremonial attire. Statues portraying Sobekneferu also combine elements of traditional male and femaleiconography and, by tradition, may have served as inspiration for these works commissioned by Hatshepsut.After this period of transition ended, however, most formal depictions of Hatshepsut as pharaoh showed her in the royal attire, with all of the pharaonic regalia.At her mortuary temple, in Osirian statues that regaled the transportation of the pharaoh to the world of the dead, the symbols of the pharaoh as the deity Osiris were the reason for the attire and they were much more important to be displayed traditionally, her breasts are obscured behind her crossed arms holding the regal staffs of the two kingdoms she ruled. This became a pointed concern among writers who sought reasons for the generic style of the shrouded statues and led to misinterpretations. Understanding of the religious symbolism was required to interpret the statues correctly. Interpretations by these early scholars varied and often, were baseless conjectures of their own contemporary values. The possible reasons for her breasts not being emphasized in the most formal statues were debated , who failed to understand the ritual religious symbolism, to take into account the fact that many women and goddesses portrayed in ancient Egyptian art often lack delineation of breasts, and that the physical aspect of the gender of pharaohs was never stressed in the art. With few exceptions, subjects were idealized. , however, have theorized that by assuming the typical symbols of pharaonic power, Hatshepsut was asserting her claim to be the sovereign rather than a "King's Great Wife" or queen consort. The gender of pharaohs was never stressed in official depictions; even the men were depicted with the highly stylized false beard associated with their position in the society.Moreover, the Osirian statues of Hatshepsut—as with other pharaohs—depict the dead pharaoh as Osiris, with the body and regalia of that deity. All of the statues of Hatshepsut at her tomb follow that tradition. The promise of resurrection after death was a tenet of the cult of Osiris. Since many statues of Hatshepsut depicted in this fashion have been put on display in museums and those images have been widely published, viewers who lack an understanding of the religious significance of these depictions have been misled. Aside from the face depicting Hatshepsut, these statues closely resemble those of other kings as Osiris, following religious traditions.Most of the official statues commissioned of Hatshepsut show her less symbolically and more naturally, as a woman in typical dresses of the nobility of her day. Notably, even after assuming the formal regalia, Hatshepsut still described herself as a beautiful woman, often as the most beautiful of women, and although she assumed almost all of her father's titles, she declined to take the title "The Strong Bull" (the full title being, The Strong Bull of his Mother), which tied the pharaoh to the goddesses Isis, the throne, and Hathor, (the cow who gave birth to and protected the pharaohs)—by being her son sitting on her throne—an unnecessary title for her, since Hatshepsut became allied with the goddesses, herself, which no male pharaoh could. Rather than the strong bull, Hatshepsut, having served as a very successful warrior during the early portion of her reign as pharaoh, associated herself with the lioness image of Sekhmet, the major war deity in the Egyptian pantheon.Religious concepts were tied into all of these symbols and titles. By the time of Hatshepsut's reign, the merger of some aspects of these two goddesses provided that they would both have given birth to, and were the protectors of, the pharaohs. They became interchangeable at times. Hatshepsut also traced her lineage to Mut, a primal mother goddess of the Egyptian pantheon, which gave her another ancestor who was a deity as well as her father and grandfathers, pharaohs who would have become deified upon death.While Hatshepsut was depicted in official art wearing regalia of a pharaoh, such as the false beard that male pharaohs also wore, it is most unlikely that she ever wore such ceremonial decorations, just as it is unlikely that the male pharaohs did. Statues such as those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, depicting her seated wearing a tight-fitting dress and thenemes crown, are thought to be a more accurate representation of how she would have presented herself at court.As a notable exception, only one male pharaoh abandoned the rigid symbolic depiction that had become the style of the most official artwork representing the ruler, PharaohAmenhotep IV (later Akhenaten) of the same eighteenth dynasty, whose wife, Nefertiti, also may have ruled in her own right following the death of her husband One of the most famous examples of the legends about Hatshepsut is a myth about her birth. In this myth, Amungoes to Ahmose in the form of Thutmose I and awakens her with pleasant odors. At this point Amun places the ankh, a symbol of life, to Ahmose's nose, and Hatshepsut is conceived by Ahmose. Khnum, the god who forms the bodies of human children, is then instructed to create a body and ka, or corporal presence/life force, for Hatshepsut. Heket, the goddess of life and fertility, and Khnum then lead Ahmose along to a lioness' bed where she gives birth to Hatshepsut. Reliefs depicting each step in these events are at Karnak and in her mortuary temple.The Oracle of Amun proclaimed that it was the will of Amun that Hatshepsut be pharaoh, further strengthening her position. She reiterated Amun's support by having these proclamations by the god Amun carved on her monuments:Welcome my sweet daughter, my favorite, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Maatkare, Hatshepsut. Thou art the Pharaoh, taking possession of the Two Lands.Hatshepsut claimed that she was her father's intended heir and that he made her the heir apparent of Egypt. Almost all scholars today view this as historical revisionism, orprolepsis, on Hatshepsut's part since it was Thutmose II—a son of Thutmose I by Mutnofret—who was her father's heir. Moreover, Thutmose I could not have foreseen that his daughter Hatshepsut would outlive his son within his own lifetime. Thutmose II soon married Hatshepsut and the latter became both his senior royal wife and the most powerful woman at court. Biographer however, accepts Hatshepsut's claim that she was her father's intended successor. Once she became pharaoh herself, Hatshepsut supported her assertion that she was her father's designated successor with inscriptions on the walls of her mortuary temple:Then his majesty said to them: "This daughter of mine, Khnumetamun Hatshepsut—may she live!—I have appointed as my successor upon my throne... she shall direct the people in every sphere of the palace; it is she indeed who shall lead you. Obey her words, unite yourselves at her command." The royal nobles, the dignitaries, and the leaders of the people heard this proclamation of the promotion of his daughter, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Maatkare—may she live eternally. For a general notion of Hatshepsut's appearance at a certain stage of her career, we are indebted to one of those wall inscriptions. It states that "to look upon her was more beautiful than anything; her splendor and her form were divine." Some have thought it odd that the female Pharaoh should have been so bold, fiftyish as she was. Not at all. She was merely saying how things were about thirty-five years back, before she had married Thutmose II and slugged it out with Thutmose III. "She was a maiden, beautiful and blooming", the hieroglyphics run, and we have no reason to doubt it. Surely there is no harm in telling the world how one looked in 1515 BCE. 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