Egyptian "Female King" Gets Royal Treatment

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Around 1479 B.C. King Hatshepsut guided Egypt through 20 years of peace, prosperity, and artistic expression. But there's a twist: Hatshepsut was a woman.

"She's the most significant female ruler in ancient Egypt," said Catharine Roehrig, an Egyptologist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Some of the fruits of Hatshepsut's prosperous reign—statues, jewelry, papyrus, and more—make up a recently opened traveling exhibition at the Met through July 9.

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