Creation of man from clay is a recurring theme in different world religions and traditions. And in ancient Egypt that creator was Khnum the Ram. One of the earliest ancient Egyptian deities and god of the source of the Nile, Khnum used the slit and clay brought by the annual flooding of the river and its water to create people using a potter wheel. He then placed them in their mothers’ wombs. He also molded the other deities, thus becoming “Divine Potter” and “Lord of created things from himself'”. Despite his gigantic mandate, Khnum comes across as an accessible and down to earth deity, quite literally. His symbol is the ram, a domesticated animal, potent and fertile. He uses the same materials and tools that mortal potters use. He is family: people call him the “Father of Fathers and the Mother of Mothers”. Not only he is a creator but also a protector, helping people during their lives as well as in the kingdom of the dead. He also lends a hand to other deities, like Ra – the Sun god – assisting him in his nightly travel through the underworld on the Solar Barque.
Inspired by an ointment jar in the shape of a baboon, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1800-1550 B.C. Currently displayed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.Fine art print made on archival fine art japanese Epson paper. Digitally edited print of original drawing by artist on papyrus using acrylic colors and gold leaf.
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. Using mixed media and her deep passion for pharaonic Egypt, she creates pieces inspired by the past and with a story for the future. With a major in journalism, a master’s in international business and seven years at an international management consulting firm across three continents, Dina converted to her art passion a year ago and currently lives between Cairo and New York. She recently held her debut exhibition and hopes to continue exploring and sharing the universal beauty, timeless wisdom and inspiration of Ancient Egypt through her work.