Ceremonial Implement in the Shape of an Ankh

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119

The ankh was used as a hieroglyph to write the words "live," "alive," or "life." It also became a popular symbol for life in general. In its center, the ankh-sign here features a cartouche (a protective oval-shaped ring) with the name of King Thutmose IV, in whose tomb it was found.

Ceremonial Implement in the Shape of an Ankh, Faience

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