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Postdlf. Kneeling Statue of Hatshepsut. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., 28 Dec. 2005. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.

The attached statue depicts the Egyptian ruler, Hatshepsut.

Which of the following BEST describes how context influenced the way Hatshepsut chose to be depicted in the sculpture?

A

Due to her controversial reign, Hatshepsut chose to be depicted as a male pharaoh to assert her authority.

B

Sculptors were inexperienced with depicting females and thus the sculpture has male and female characteristics.

C

Hatshepsut chose to depict herself with male characteristics to legitimize the eventual rule of her own daughter, Neferure.

D

The sculpture depicts Hatshepsut in an idealized manner to reinforce the legitimacy of her rule.