New Kingdom, 1567 to 1085 B.C.
Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The Nkwa or Ankh is the Kemetic (Egyptian) sign of Life, Birth and Fertility 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 Life, Birth and Fertility 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 Ausar (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.
Size: 8.5"H (21 cm)
Item Type: wall plaque
Material: bonded marble
Weight (lbs): 1 lbs, ship wt: 3 lbs, ship box: 15x11x10