"Ahlan wa sahlan!Welcome!Welcome!",we were greeted by an elderly Egyptian man wearing a galabaiya and white serban.
"Come,come closer here",he waved his hands prompting us to gather around him into a shed.
"Closer,closer so you hear me clear. I am Abu Shanab, pharoah of alabaster.",he told us,introducing himself." Now,I tell you how to make alabaster. I make no. 1 alabaster1", he claimed.
"Now listen carefully what I tell you. Behind here, my workers do alabaster" he pointed to few of his workers who were holding some instruments and few pieces of limestone rocks. They were smiling shyly to us. Their eyes downward whenever someone wanted to take their photos.
Abu Shanab briefing us tokasidBQ
Abu Shanab continued with his explaination on how things are made.From pieces of stone until a vase or bust or anything is produced. He showed us the simple instruments they use in his 'factory'(like our IKS/SMI)
After about 10 minutes, he invited us into his exhibition hall/shop for a drink, hibiscus juice and to look at the products( hoping we will buy something).
Inside the shop, there were carvings of various objects and subject of varying sizes and colors. There are bust of King Tut, bust of Nefertiti(Akhenaten's queen. Akhenaten was label as the heretic pharoah for he practised monotheistic belief), figures of Anubis, vases, ashtrays,lampshades and others.
Everything looks so beautifully crafted. Abu Shanab cajoled us to buy his products but I guess all of us were tired of the long flight and the visit to Valley of the Kings. Nobody bought anything from Abu Shanab. He thanked us for coming . We thanked him for his hospitality and kindness.
We then boarded our bus and headed for Colossiof Memnon( see part 3)
Traditional instruments in Alabaster factory tokasidBQ
Abu Shanab's workers giving a demo tokasid BQ
Abu Shanab's exhibition hall tokasidBQ
Final products of Alabaster Hafiz N73
Bust of Nefertiti tokasidBQ
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