Bas-relief from the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Deir el Bahari
Dynasty XVIII, C. 1500 B.C.
Painters and sculptors work hand in hand. During the eighteenth dynasty this collaboration achieves some of the great masterpieces of Egyptian art. The paint has faded on this small portion of a bas-relief of Queen Ahmose, mother of Hatshepsut. But the portrait that survives is delicate, moving and powerful.