Picture: Male Hatshepsut Depiction at Karnak

There was no expectation that women would rule Egypt as female pharaohs. On the few occasions that a woman did take the throne, the royal artists were faced with the problem of representing a woman in a man's role Here on the wall of her Red Chapel at Karnak, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut appears with a male body and traditional male regalia to run a ceremonial race alongside the Apis bull.

Picture: Male Hatshepsut Depiction at Karnak

There was no expectation that women would rule Egypt as female pharaohs. On the few occasions that a woman did take the throne, the royal artists were faced with the problem of representing a woman in a man's role Here on the wall of her Red Chapel at Karnak, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut appears with a male body and traditional male regalia to run a ceremonial race alongside the Apis bull.

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