The Mamluks reigned for almost a quarter of a millennium, starting in 1250, over the city of Cairo, creating a cultural legacy becoming of the city’s pharaonic past. Ibn Khaldun called it “the center of the universe and the garden of the world.” The works in Naifeh’s Mamluk series take a shape that is prevalent throughout the medieval Middle Eastern world, an hourglass that widens in the middle, and repeats it in a way that celebrates the organic beauty of Islamic geometry.
Selected works from the Mamluk series are exhibited below. You can select individual works for an expanded view. For availability and pricing inquiries, please contact us.