Hatshepsut was a pharaoh who magnified the legacy of the powerful women rulers who preceded her, including the first reigning queen in recorded history, Merneith. She embodied both femininity and strength to such a degree that she is depicted as wearing variously a false beard and male kilt, and soft, silken robes. Here the pharaoh’s Nemes headdress is inlaid with enamel - a protective material, which permits self-expression of inner truths. The gold which encases it brings spiritual light into one’s life.
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