Nut’s story and depiction are the epitome of gentleness and poeticism in Ancient Egypt art. She is one of the most ancient deities, depicted as the loving wife leaning over her husband and brother Geb (the earth). According to ancient Egyptian mythology, Nut and Geb were totally inseparable leaving no space between the sky and the earth for their father Atum Ra to continue creating. Frustrated, Atum Ra orders Shu (god of dry air) to separate them from their tight eternal embrace. If Shu relents on his job, the eternal order would be disrupted causing unbelievable chaos. However, at night, Nut and Geb still meet as the goddess comes down from the sky, causing darkness. Nut is also the protective mother. After her son Osiris is killed and dismembered by his brother Set, then put back together by his wife and sister Isis, he climbs a ladder into his mother Nut for safety and eventually becomes king of the dead.
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. Digitally edited print of original drawing by artist made on papyrus using acrylic, ink and marker.
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.