ITEM: Ankh 18K cross.
COMPOSITION: 18k yellow gold.
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent.
WEIGHT: 1.3 Grams.
MEASUREMENT: 1 3/8" length (Including bail) X 1/2" width
MARKS: No hallmarks, tested for the gold content.
COMMENTS: One of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, the ankh is a sign that means life or life giving forces. Origins of the shape may be its similarities to the shape of a sandal or a combination of male and female symbols. Prior to Christianity, the sign is combined with figures and gestures to represent life forces in different aspects, as air, water, food, plants, and sex. The symbol is often found in early Coptic art and represents the Tree of Life. In appearance, it is like a man with outstretched arms. The Coptic Church accepted the ankh as a Christian symbol as early as the fourth century. In a number of murals and carvings from the 4th to the 9th century, the ankh is shown together with a Greek cross and a Chi Rho, representing the merging of meanings. In heraldry, the ankh is the crux ansata, relating to how the ankh is often held in the hand by Egyptian figures (Latin, ansa, "handles").
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