One of the classic souvenirs to bring back from Egypt is something made from alabaster. This is a soft
rock that is carved by hand to produce all manner of shapes, from pots
to statues, paperweights to lampstands.
There are many small alabaster factories (more like workshops) on the lower slopes
of the hills in which the Valley of the Kings is located. Many have names
in English that are designed to appeal to the tourist; one we liked was
"Princess Diana for Alabaster".