I'll talk about the beadwork first for those of you here just for that. The story that goes with this piece is long. This piece is done in 11/0 seed beads in square stitch. The same 3-D techniques described for the Ba were used in making this piece.
Hatshepsut as Sphinx Amulet bag
The strap is worked in larger beads in regular and 3-drop brick stitch. The terra cotta spiral button used as the closure is lamp glass made by Rae Friedman of Good Medicine Beads.
This piece was modeled on one of the surviving sphinxes found buried at Del el Bahri at Hatshepsut's famous very beautiful mortuary temple. It is one of the few instances of a sphinx bearing a female face in Egyptian art. I actually tired to make the facial features resemble her remaining staues. if you look at the Ba, you can see how her face is different. Many of Hatshepsut's statues did not survive because her nephew Thutmoses III destroyed them after her death because he hated her probably. Hatshepsut was the daughter of Thutmoses I, and the Great Royal Wife of her half-brother Thutmoses II. Ancient Egypt was a matrilineal society and the pharaoh's ka was transmitted by the royal daughters . For this reason pharaohs often married their sister and daughters. Hatshepsut was the bearer of the blood since her mother was the royal daughter of Ahmose, and Thutmoses II's mother was just a member of pharaoh's harem. When Hatshepsut's spouse died leaving only an infant son as heir (again his mother was only a member of the harem not a royal daughter), Hatshepsut was declared regent. She decided to declare herself pharaoh after a short time (Why take a back seat?). Thutmoses III had to wait till she died to ascend the throne and evidentally bore a grudge. He had her name chiseled out of monuments and her statues as pharaoh destroyed. He was not above taking her daughter ( this is not certain, but after Hatshepsut who but her daughter would bear her name?) Hatshepsut-Mertyre as great Royal Wife. Through her Hatshepsut became the grandmother of the great pharaoh Amenhotep II.
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