Images of a Gendered Kingship: Visual Representations of Hatshepsut and Her Influence on Images of Nefertiti

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I investigate why gendered images of Hatshepsut influenced androgynous images of Nefertiti in New Kingdom Egypt and how Nefertiti and Akhenaten used their images in the promotion of their monotheistic religion; through a contextual, stylistic and feminist examination of the images. Hatshepsut cultivated images of herself to legitimize her rule in relation to canonical kings before her. Similarly, Nefertiti represented herself as a figure indiscernible from Akhenaten, creating an image of female co-rulership. Although the visual representations of both Hatshepsut and Nefertiti differ, the concepts behind each are analogous. They both manipulated androgyny to create images displaying powerful women equal ... continued below

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Hilliard, Kristina Marie August 2006.

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I investigate why gendered images of Hatshepsut influenced androgynous images of Nefertiti in New Kingdom Egypt and how Nefertiti and Akhenaten used their images in the promotion of their monotheistic religion; through a contextual, stylistic and feminist examination of the images. Hatshepsut cultivated images of herself to legitimize her rule in relation to canonical kings before her. Similarly, Nefertiti represented herself as a figure indiscernible from Akhenaten, creating an image of female co-rulership. Although the visual representations of both Hatshepsut and Nefertiti differ, the concepts behind each are analogous. They both manipulated androgyny to create images displaying powerful women equal in status to male Egyptian kings.

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Hilliard, Kristina Marie. Images of a Gendered Kingship: Visual Representations of Hatshepsut and Her Influence on Images of Nefertiti, thesis, August 2006; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5323/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .