Essay Statue of Haremhab vs. the Statue of Queen Hatshepsut
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Compare the statue of Haremhab with the statue of Queen Hatshepsut
These two statues are famous to the Egyptian art era. They represent the woman’s position and the man’s position at that day and age. Traditionally, the rulers of Egypt were male. So, when Hatshepsut, Dynasty 18, ca. 1473-1458 B.C., assumed the titles and functions of king she was portrayed in royal male costumes. Such representations were more for a political statement, rather than a reflection of the way she actually looked. In this sculpture, she sits upon a throne and wears the royal kilt and the striped nemes (NEM-iss) headdress with the uraeus (cobra) and is bare chested like a man. However, she does not wear the royal beard, and the…show more content…
He sits slightly hunched over, and his eyes look downward, but not as far down as the papyrus scroll on which he is composing a song to the god Thoth, patron of scribes. The ink palette is on Haremhab's left thigh, and his right hand, which is now missing, once held the brush. The hieroglyphs on the scroll face the writer, and you can see how Egyptians unrolled a papyrus with the left hand while reading and writing. As a badge of office Haremhab has a strap slung over his left shoulder from which hang two miniature writing kits, one on the chest, the other on the back of the shoulder. To proclaim loyalty to the newly reinstalled traditional religion, Haremhab has a figure of the god Amun incised on his forearm, perhaps indicating a tattoo.
Haremhab has wrapped a long, wide pleated sash around the lower part of his body. The sash has been tied at the waist and the long ends have been looped back to tuck under the tie. The shawl has been carefully pleated. The figure's buttocks, thighs, and knees are covered with the linear pleat pattern, which contrasts with the smooth, round forms of the upper torso, arms, and the lower portion of the legs. A similar distinction is achieved between the carefully modeled facial features and the richly patterned wig.
The sculptor managed to instill a sluggish pose with tension and strength. Similar outcomes were obtained in the head and face by contrasting the youthfully rounded facial features