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07 April 2006

Some Crossdressers ARE Queens

The current issue of Discover magazine has a very interesting blurb at the bottom of its Reviews page.

Museums

Divine, supreme, cross-dressed: the queen who would be king.
By Josie Glausiusz

...snip...
Hatshepsut ruled in the 15th century B.C., and to consolidate her power, or to ensure her line of descent, she designated herself a king. She may also have been the first sovereign to build statues that dabble in cross-dressing. Her magnificent monuments, on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through July 9, cast her in alternate male and female guise and sometimes in both. In one, she is flat-chested, masculine; in another, she has breasts and wears a dress, bracelets, and a headdress mounted with a uraeus, the poised cobra that symbolized a male ruler.


There are evidently some items in the exhibit that would fit right in to today's club scene:
Enchanting and whimsical, her treasures fill the exhibit's cases. A gold diadem, studded with red carnelian and fronted by two delicate gazelles' heads, is matched with a pair of gold flip-flops.


So, if you're in New York before July, stop by the Met.

  • On 4/07/2006 4:45 PM, Blogger DeniseUMLaw said…

    Wow, cool! Thanks for the head's up. I *will* be in NY sometime in June or July, so my sweetheart and I will definitely check out the Met! :)

     
  • On 4/09/2006 7:34 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    I hope you can take pics if you're allowed, Denise - sounds wonderful to see.

     
  • On 4/10/2006 3:28 AM, Anonymous Spicy Cauldron said…

    I'd heard of Hatshepsut before but this made for interesting reading. I believe someone has written a fictional novel about her but can't recall title or author. I can see why; she's a fascinating character. x

     
  • On 4/20/2006 7:45 AM, Blogger Jen said…

    Spicy, I thought so too and started Googling. Apparently three authors have done that, so sayeth Wikipedia, but none that I have heard of: Hatshepsut: Daughter of Amun by Moyra Caldecott, Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge and Pharaoh by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.

     

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