Classic Court

Ankh

Though its origin is unknown, the ankh (onk) is one of the most recognizable of Egyptian symbols. Signifying eternal life, in addition to its use as a hieroglyph it is often depicted in the hands of gods. The symbol was also used as an amulet—a protective symbol often worn on the body.

Look for an ankh on the statue of Pharaoh Tanwetamani in this gallery. Hint: Make sure you walk all the way around the statue. Can you find other ankhs in the gallery?