Quartzite Cartouche of Hatshepsut (Maatkare)
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut, ca. 1503-1483 BCE
Luxor, Medinet Habu, Excavated by the Oriental Institue, 1927, OIM 14384A
(I didn't photograph info regarding the cartouche fragment to its right, but the 'nefer' (beautiful) hieroglyph may appear five times at the top.
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010
(From Info Card ):|
"Hatshepsut was one of the few female kings of Egypt. This stone, with the brief inscription 'the Theban wall of Maatkare,' was embedded in a wall to indicate that she built the monument. The cartouche contains Hatshepsut's prenomen, or throne name Maatkare ('Truth is the Spirit of Re')
Her prenomen could also be translated "Balance is the life-force of Ra"