Deir el-Medina is an ancient Egyptian village on the west bank of the Nile, opposite modern-day Luxor, which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the 18th -20th dynasties.
The settlement’s ancient name was Set maat meaning “The Place of Truth”, and the workmen who lived there were called “Servants in the Place of Truth”.The Ancient Egyptian artisan Sennedjem lived in Set Maat during the reigns of Seti I and Ramesses II.
Inspired by the statue of an unknown Amarna-era princess, most probably Nefertiti or one of her daughters. New Kingdom, Amarna period, 18th dynasty, circa 1345 B.C. Currently displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin.
Fine art print made on archival fine art Japanese Epson paper.
Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered by the artist.
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Dina Shalaby is a Russian-Egyptian visual artist focusing on modern art inspired by Ancient Egypt.
Having always been at the intersection of two opposite worlds, be it cultures, creeds, values, or expressions – harmonizing differences has become a way of life. Regardless of the what and where, she always perceived herself as a bridge and an interpreter.
After a long journey of trying to find acceptance for contradictions within oneself and others, she finally stumbled upon that Holy Grail, and it turned to be right here, home, only a few millennia back.
To this day, Ancient Egypt remains a mighty master in the realm of tolerance, harmony and acceptance where duality is not only tolerated but glorified as the motor of Life. This was the door through which Dina embarked on her art journey a few years ago.
Dina has an infatuation with materials that were extensively used by Ancient Egyptians, especially cartonnage / papier mâché, gold leaf and papyrus. She also loves creating digitally enhanced replicas of her handmade work.
Dina held two solo exhibitions in Cairo at Fabrika Media & Arts Center in March 2019 and Nout Art Gallery in October 2020. She took part in five group exhibitions including in Nut Art Gallery, Luxor Art gallery (Daughters of The Nile, Nov2019) and Nun art Gallery (Jan 2022, Feb 2020). She also shares her art through her online platform www.malakoot.art