Thursday, 10 November 2011

Hatshepsut - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria have a small collection of items that in some way relate to Hatshepsut.

Kindly, they sent me a document, listing these items and giving a good background for each item. I am currently in discussions with them over using their photographs - so i will wait until that is concluded before posting too much.

An item which has been of high value to Egyptologists is described below:

Ostrakon: ostracon with ink inscription
New Kingdom period
Dated 18th Dynasty, a time of Hatshepsut, ca 1502-1482 BC
Location Western Thebes, Deir el-Bahari (probably)
Dimensions H 9.5 cm, W 13.8 cm, D 3.4 cm
Materials / Techniques limestone
classification Ostrakon
The hieroglyphic text on this little Ostrakon
contains a draft text of the statue of the Queen's nurse
Hatshepsut re-named Sit- Re (called In(et), which originally
Hathor temple of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri
was set up, and today, this statue is located in the Cairo Museum
(Cairo JE 56 264).The draft text of the statue consists of five vertical
Columns inscribed with the offering formula. In this.
 This draught of the text on the statue of Sit- Re (Hatshepsut's Wet- Nurse) was used to complete the text on the statue itself, which was in very many pieces and incomplete. 

For further reading on Sit- Re, this Ostracon and a picture of the statue of Sit- Re (Cairo Museum), please visit Maatkara Hatschepsut (Persons, Sit-Ra).

My thanks to Dr. Regina Hölzl for your assistance.


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