Experts at Swansea University found two pieces of limestone believed to be engraved with Hatshepsut's face, the female pharaoh who once ruled Egypt.
Dr. Ken Griffin and his students discovered a pharaoh sculpture , one of five female pharaohs who ruled Egypt, while examining artifacts at Swansea University, Fox News reported on March 27. The sculpture consists of two pieces of limestone attached to each other and preserved here from tens of years ago.
The front (left) and the back (right) of the pharaoh Hatshepsut female sculpture.(Photo: BBC).
Griffin sees that the lines on this object resemble those carved in a Hatshepsut temple in Deir el-Bahri, Luxor, Egypt. The front is a figure of a human head missing the face and a fan part. The figure of a cobra bearing on the forehead and the hieroglyphic traces indicate this is a pharaoh. The back of the upper piece is part of the face with a short beard.
Hatshepsut ruled Egypt from about 1478 to 1458 BC. Early in power, Hatshepsut was described as a woman wearing a long skirt. However, she gradually changed with more masculine characteristics, including wearing fake beards.
Two pieces of sculpture after rearrangement.(Photo: Newsweek).
Researchers believe that the upper piece of the sculpture has been split and carved to complete the face in the lower piece. This also explains its unusual cut. The inscription on the back may be done by an ancient dealer, auctioneer or owner, to add value or appeal to the sculpture.
Swansea University brought this sculpture and some artifacts that belonged to the Henry Wellcome pharmaceutical merchant in 1971. Experts believe it originated from Deir el-Bahri. However, they need to conduct more thorough research to confirm this.