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Gaming Piece of Queen Hatshepsut

Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty,
Reign of Hatshepsut, 1467-1455 BC Inscribed in hieroglyphs twice with the name of Queen Hatshepsut
Red jaspar
H. 3.3 cm; W. 3cm

This tiny head of a panther, a complete object in itself, is sensitively modelled and has an almost monumental appearance. Its special importance lies in the names of Queen Hatshepsut incised in this solid piece of jasper: Her throne name ‘Maat-ka-Rê’ is written in a cartouche on top of the head, and in a long cartouche around the base is her birth-name ‘Hatshepsut Khenemet-Amun, may she live’. Two similar pieces bearing her name are in the Cairo Museum and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, while a game board is in the Louvre, Paris. This gaming piece was on view at the Antikenmuseum in Basel from 1998 to 2011.