A novelty pendant necklace for children, with an ancient Egyptian cartouche design.
A cartouche was traditionally the place holder for the name of the pharaoh. It was usually oblong shaped with a horizontal line at one end, as shown here. This design is based on a cartouche for Cleopatra - the last effective pharaoh of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty.
The pendant is made from gold-plated pewter. It is supplied with a black cord chain.
More about Egyptian cartouche
A cartouche was traditionally the place holder for the name of the pharaoh. The name came from Napoleon's soldiers during his expedition to Egypt. The shape reminded them of the cartridges, "cartouches", used in their guns.
The earliest examples of the cartouche were in fact circular and identical to that sign. Soon though, the ring was lengthened to hold the larger number of hieroglyphs in the pharaoh's name. By the 5th dynasty, the pharaoh's two most important names (he had five or more), his nomen (birth-name) and prenomen (throne name) were enclosed in cartouches.
The cartouche had clear solar symbology. It originally represented everything that was encircled by the sun - the king's realm. However, the cartouche was also a protective symbol for the king.