Ancient Egyptian symbols: The ankh
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The ankhThe ankh, , was an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph meaning life and, in the spiritual context, the symbol for the divine, eternal life. The gods were endowed with it and could bestow it upon the mortals.
Horus Netjeri-khet (Djoser) who is given might, duration of life, and joy for ever.
Faience amuletThe marshlands of life, where the gods dwelled, were the aim of the deceased travelling through the underworld
Source Petrie Museum website
This Pepi is (on his way) to the marshland of life, the abode of Re in the watery region (of the heavens)
Amen-Re giving the breath of life to Thutmose II, Karnak
The ankh serves coptic Christianity as a cross, the so-called crux ansata (cross with handle).
 MdC transliteration anx, Wb vol. 1, 193.3
 After a transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website, I. Hafemann (ed.): Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (accessed 12th June 2010) => Felsinschriften des Alten Reiches => Sinai => Sinai 01 - 25E Wadi Magharah => Sinai Nr. 02 => Sinai Nr. 02
 Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae, D. Topmann (ed.): Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (accessed 12th June 2010) => Pyramidentexte => Pyramide Pepis I. => Ebener Eingang => nördl. der Fallsteine => Westwand => PT 515
Lurker 1998, pp.124f
Shaw and Nicholson 1995, p.34
Agnieszka Muc, "Crux ansata" in Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization 12, Krakow 2008