Defaced Queen Hatshepsut painting at Karnak
A detail of a defaced Queen Hatshepsut in temple of Amun at Karnak at the Temple of Amun at Karnak, Luxor, Nile Valley, Egypt. Queen Hatshepsut reigned from 1473 to 1458 BC but her successor Tuthmosis III quashed an Asiatic uprising and records of Hatshepsut disappeared. Tuthmosis III was finally able to claim his rightful place as King of Egypt and all images of Hatshepsut were attacked; statues, reliefs and shrines all were defaced. While the queen was damaged, the Gods either side in this painting were left untouched.
The records of Hatshepsut were erased but no-one knows why. The Karnak Temple Complex is the largest religious building ever made, covering about 200 acres. It comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu.