ES01 - This is a handcrafted Image of The Ankh, an Egyptian symbol, imprinted on a stone. The Ankh, also known as breath of life, the Key of the Nile, or Crux Ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life".
When the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed to have had a vision of death outside the walls of Jerusalem he made the symbol of punishment and death (the cross) synonymous with Christianity. As a result, the Ankh Cross, has become associated with Christianity.
The Ankh hieroglyph, as key of the Nile, is associated with Imkotep (living aroung 3000 B.C.), physician for the pharaoh's family. Long after his death Imkotep was made the god of medicine of healing in Egypt. That is why this symbol is used as the logotype for a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer.
pantheon.org says, the Ankh, as the Key of the Nile, represents the union of Isis and Osiris. It is said that this mystic union would initiate the annual flooding of the Nile, providing Egypt with her various means to survive. The meaning of the Ankh as womb, thus fertility and reproduction, is well-illustrated in this particular legend.
The stones used are natural and therefore will vary in shape and size. While the stone you receive will be similar to that in the item photo, it may not be identical to it.
In order to properly display the image, a small stand is included. The type of display stand included may vary as explained further in the PRODUCTION & SHIPPING NOTES link on the Home page.