Ankh

The Ankh, During the reign of Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC), from Royal Ontario Museum The Ankh, During the reign of Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC), from Royal Ontario Museum

The ankh is an Egyptian symbol for eternal life, and is known as the key of life or the key of the Nile. The symbol was seen as a sign of the gods, with many statues and wall reliefs portraying gods carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand with their arms crossed over their chest.

The ankh also resembles the symbol for the planet Venus, historically also associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman goddess Venus.

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