Thursday 28 May 2009

Female Pharaoh

Hatshepsut (pronounced a bit like Hat-cheap-suit) was a female who took on the role of Pharaoh after her husband died and her stepson, Thutmose III, was too young to rule. It was important to look the part, so she wore a false beard and flattened her breasts as much as possible.

The picture above is of her statue in her memorial temple near Luxor.

And this is a pic of the temple, built into the cliff in the desert.


Paola Fornari said...

Fantastic pics, Jean. We weren't able to go to Luxor, but I found Tutankamen's tomb in Cairo absolutely fascinating.

Lillian Robinson said...

I'm getting ready to be a pharaoh too. I'm working on the beard and breast flattening!

Joanne Olivieri said...

Very interesting and I love the photos.

Jena Isle said...

These are intriguing places to visit Jean. One of my wishes is to visit Egypt and

Perhaps in my dreams and in pictures like these ones. Thanks for sharing.

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