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Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals. The Ankh as a symbol of the life giving elements of air and water was often used by a God or Goddess who holds the ankh before the King's nose, giving him the "breath of life or as streams of water in the form of ankhs running over the King during ritual purification. This ankh is decorated with the "djed pillar and the dog-headed "was scepter. The djed pillar was a symbol of stability and was considered the backbone of the God Osiris. The was scepter was a popular one for the Gods to hold and became a symbol of well-being and happiness. The kneeling figure on top of the djed pillar is the God of "millions of years holding branches in his hands. All these symbols together mean: "Life, power and stability for ever.

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Museum NameThe British Museum, London
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7.5" (19 cm) Wall hanging, Wall plaque version of an statue, Stone finish


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