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12-14oz ceramic mug with Egyptian Ankh symbol

*One of my special 'Penny Glazes'


The Ankh

‘The Key of Life’

Ancient Egypt


The Ankh is one of the most recognizable symbols from Ancient Egypt, dating as far back as the Early Dynastic Period (3150-2613 BCE.)  It is commonly known as the ‘Key of Life.’ The Ancient Egyptians believed heavily in the idea of the afterlife; how one’s earthly journey was only one aspect of eternal life. 


Commonly found on sarcophagi of Pharaohs, the Ankh would ensure life after death. Anubis, the God of the Afterlife, would be seen holding an Ankh to the lips of the deceased; the ‘key’ to open the door to the next life.


The Ankh was often depicted in the hands of important Egyptian figures, such as Gods, Goddesses and Pharaohs; a symbol preserving their immortality. Other speculations bring the idea that the Ankh is a symbol of the union of feminine and masculine; of the union of Isis and Osiris, two important Gods in Ancient Egyptian mythology. Many believe that the shape of the Ankh is the interlocking of the male and female organs, which would imply the sexual union that leads to the creation of life.  This makes the Ankh a powerful symbol of fertility.

Other theories believe the Ankh may represent water, air and the sun; all elements that are required for life. From ancient times to modern day, the Ankh remains a powerful symbol of life, death, fertility and protection; a cohesion of heaven and earth. 

Ankh Mug

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