Ankh Amulet Replica

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<p>A scaled-down replica of an ancient Egyptian amulet (lucky charm) in the shape of an ankh, the hieroglyphic sign for life. <br /> <br /> The original is said to be from Gebel Barkal, Egypt. It is dated to between the 25th Dynasty to Late Period, about 700-500 BC. <br /> <br /> Although amulets are often found in burials, this one was found in a temple and was not intended for funerary use. Because of its size and the absence of a lug by which to suspend it, it was probably made to be carried. <br /> <br /> The magical properties of this amulet and the benefits it was to bestow on its owner are clearly expressed through the four hieroglyphic symbols of which it is composed. It expresses more than just the value of the ankh hieroglyph (meaning 'life'). Combined with the ankh are: <br /> <br /> The <em>was-sceptre</em>, the hieroglyph for 'power', or 'dominion' <br /> The <em>djed</em> pillar, the hieroglyph for 'stability' <br /> The <em>heh</em>, a man with upraised arms, the hieroglyph for 'millions' (holding two 'year' hieroglyphs). <br /> <br /> The whole object taken together represents a wish, probably for the king, of 'life, power and stability for millions of years', a very common type of Egyptian royal expression. <br /> <br /> <a class="linkarrow" title="View the original here" href="http://bit.ly/17Y2GPx" target="_blank">View the original in the British Museum collection here<span class="arrow"></span></a> <br /> <br /> Please note that this replica is presented on a small black stand.</p>

Exclusive to the British Museum, replica of a 25th Dynasty ancient Egyptian amulet in the shape of an ankh.

Crafted from hand-painted earthenware and set on a square black base, this vibrant piece is based on an original Late Dynasty talisman discovered in the Temple of Tahargo in Gebel Barkal, Sudan, which dates to around 700-500 BC, and is now housed in the Museum's collection.

Amulets are magical charms, often carried for protection, and there is a clear message embedded in the ornamentation of this piece. The ankh itself is the hieroglyphic symbol for ‘life’, and it is decorated with three further hieroglyphs: the was sceptre which means ‘power’ or dominion’, the djed pillar, meaning stability, and the heh male figure with upraised arms under the top curve of the ankh’s arch, who represents ‘millions’. Together, the imagery can be seen as a wish for a long, stable and powerful life to span millions of years.

This striking piece will make an ideal gift for a lover of ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCR43590
  • Product Weight: 0.06Kg
  • Theme: Ancient Egypt
  • T.P: 9.92
  • Dimensions: H11 x W4 x L4cm
  • Material: Hand painted earthenware
  • Postage Weight: 0.08 Kg

<p>A scaled-down replica of an ancient Egyptian amulet (lucky charm) in the shape of an ankh, the hieroglyphic sign for life. <br /> <br /> The original is said to be from Gebel Barkal, Egypt. It is dated to between the 25th Dynasty to Late Period, about 700-500 BC. <br /> <br /> Although amulets are often found in burials, this one was found in a temple and was not intended for funerary use. Because of its size and the absence of a lug by which to suspend it, it was probably made to be carried. <br /> <br /> The magical properties of this amulet and the benefits it was to bestow on its owner are clearly expressed through the four hieroglyphic symbols of which it is composed. It expresses more than just the value of the ankh hieroglyph (meaning 'life'). Combined with the ankh are: <br /> <br /> The <em>was-sceptre</em>, the hieroglyph for 'power', or 'dominion' <br /> The <em>djed</em> pillar, the hieroglyph for 'stability' <br /> The <em>heh</em>, a man with upraised arms, the hieroglyph for 'millions' (holding two 'year' hieroglyphs). <br /> <br /> The whole object taken together represents a wish, probably for the king, of 'life, power and stability for millions of years', a very common type of Egyptian royal expression. <br /> <br /> <a class="linkarrow" title="View the original here" href="http://bit.ly/17Y2GPx" target="_blank">View the original in the British Museum collection here<span class="arrow"></span></a> <br /> <br /> Please note that this replica is presented on a small black stand.</p>

Exclusive to the British Museum, replica of a 25th Dynasty ancient Egyptian amulet in the shape of an ankh.

Crafted from hand-painted earthenware and set on a square black base, this vibrant piece is based on an original Late Dynasty talisman discovered in the Temple of Tahargo in Gebel Barkal, Sudan, which dates to around 700-500 BC, and is now housed in the Museum's collection.

Amulets are magical charms, often carried for protection, and there is a clear message embedded in the ornamentation of this piece. The ankh itself is the hieroglyphic symbol for ‘life’, and it is decorated with three further hieroglyphs: the was sceptre which means ‘power’ or dominion’, the djed pillar, meaning stability, and the heh male figure with upraised arms under the top curve of the ankh’s arch, who represents ‘millions’. Together, the imagery can be seen as a wish for a long, stable and powerful life to span millions of years.

This striking piece will make an ideal gift for a lover of ancient history.

  • Product Code: CMCR43590
  • Product Weight: 0.06Kg
  • Theme: Ancient Egypt
  • T.P: 9.92
  • Dimensions: H11 x W4 x L4cm
  • Material: Hand painted earthenware
  • Postage Weight: 0.08 Kg
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