A necklace "Egyptian ankh": a pendant which refers to the strange cross of ancient Egypt: the ankh cross, the hieroglyph designating the word "life".
- Stainless steel pendant: quality 316L steel, nobly patinates over time, water resistant
- Resistant pendant: meshed, reinforced and elegant structure
- Chain length: 19.5" (50 cm) | Pendant size: 2.7x2.7 cm
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If you are looking for a necklace, reminiscent of the land of the pharaohs, this ankh necklace "ankh of wood temple" (steel) could be a great choice! If not, you can also visit our complete collection of ankh necklaces to see all the models with this cross-shaped emblem of ancient Egypt.
If you are not interested in this type of symbol, you can discover all our Egyptian necklaces. If you want even more choices, don't hesitate to have a look at the rings, bracelets and necklaces which compose our Egyptian jewelry.
An Egyptian ankh necklace
The upper part of the ankh cross is an oval shape in the form of a loop. It is said that this loop imitates the chain of ancient Egypt's sandals.
Thus, this symbol was very strong in ancient Egypt, because the sandals were one of the emblems of pharaohs' power (who were frequently represented with sandals crushing on the enemies of Egypt).
A pendant from ancient Egypt
Around 1279 BC, Ramesses II ascended the throne and continued to build more temples, erect new obelisks and beget more children than any other pharaoh in the history of ancient Egypt.
As a bold military leader, Rameses II led his army against the Hittites (at the Battle of Qadesh). After the fighting reached a stalemate, Rameses II finally accepted the first recorded peace treaty around 1258 BC
Indeed, Egypt's wealth made it a prime target for invasion (especially by Libyans). At first, the army succeeded in repelling these invasions, but at the end of the reign of Rameses II, Egypt lost control of Syria and Palestine.
The impact of external threats was compounded by internal problems such as corruption and power struggle. The high priests of the Temple of Amun at Thebes accumulated vast wealth that helped increase their power during the Third Intermediate Period.