Large Ankh Necklace, pick 16"-36" inch silver snake chain, Egyptian Key of Life

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller annclaridge (1,869) 99.8%, Location: Lubbock, Texas, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 253072350312 INCLUDES Pendant and snake chain necklace in a USA-made jewelry gift box. You can also purchase just the pendant alone to use on your own cord or chain. MEASUREMENTS The pendant measures approximately 52mm x 29mm x 26mm x 2.7mm (about 2.047" tall x 1.02" across x .106" thick). The 1.5mm Snake Chain is offered in your choice of length from 16" to 50". These are just standard lengths offered - I finish these by hand as ordered so I can make any size, shorter or longer if you ask. I can also swap the snake chain with any other style chain I have in my shop at your request. MATERIALS - The pendant is a zinc alloy casting. Zinc is long lasting and slow to tarnish, hypo-allergenic and beautiful. - The chain and all its components are made of pure 304 Stainless steel. Stainless steel is non-tarnishing, non-allergenic, shiny, strong and durable. ABOUT The ankh, also known as crux ansata (the Latin for "cross with a handle") is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic ideograph symbolizing "life". The Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. The ankh appears in hand or in proximity of almost every deity in the Egyptian pantheon (including Pharaohs). The ankh symbol was so prevalent that it has been found in digs as far as Mesopotamia and Persia, and even on the seal of the biblical king Hezekiah. The symbol became popular in New Age mysticism in the 1960s. Alan Gardiner (1957) explains the hieroglyph as a depiction of a sandal-strap which came to be read phonetically and could be used (as "rebus writing") for the similar word "live", a triliteral root probably pronounced /ánax/ in Old and Middle Egyptian. This verb and its derivatives are likely ancestral to the Coptic words onh "to live, life" and eneh "eternity". There have been alternative suggestions. One of the earliest proposals was that of Thomas Inman, first published in 1869, according to which the symbol combines "the male triad and the female unit". E. A. Wallis Budge (1904) postulated that the symbol originated as the belt buckle of the mother goddess Isis. Andrew Hunt Gordon and Calvin Schwabe, in their 2004 book The Quick and the Dead, speculated that the ankh, djed, and was symbols have a basis in "cattle culture", with the ankh representing the thoracic vertebra of a bull (seen in cross section), the djed the base or sacrum of a bull's spine, and the was a staff. The ankh appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art, often at the fingertips of a god or goddess in images that represent the deities of the afterlife conferring the gift of life on the dead person's mummy; this is thought to symbolize the act of conception. Additionally, an ankh was often carried by Egyptians as an amulet, either alone, or in connection with two other hieroglyphs that mean "strength" and "health" (see explication of djed and was, above). Mirrors of beaten metal were also often made in the shape of an ankh, either for decorative reasons or to symbolize a perceived view into another world. A symbol similar to the ankh appears frequently in Minoan and Mycenaean sites. This is a combination of the sacral knot (symbol of holiness) with the double-edged axe (symbol of matriarchy) but it can be better compared with the Egyptian tyet which is similar. This symbol can be recognized on the two famous figurines of the chthonian Snake Goddess discovered in the palace of Knossos. Both snake goddesses have a knot with a projecting loop cord between their breasts. In the Linear B (Mycenean Greek) script, ankh is the phonetic sign za. The ankh also appeared frequently in coins from ancient Cyprus and Asia Minor (particularly the city of Mallus in Cilicia). In some cases, especially with the early coinage of King Euelthon of Salamis, the letter ku, from the Cypriot syllabary, appeared within the circle ankh, representing Ku(prion) (Cypriots). To this day, the ankh is also used to represent the planet Venus (the namesake of which, the goddess Venus or Aphrodite, was chiefly worshipped on the island) and the metal copper (the heavy mining of which gave Cyprus its name). Coptic Christians preserved the shape of the ankh by sometimes representing the Christian cross with a circle in place of the upper bar. This is known as the Coptic ankh or crux ansata. Condition: New without tags, Condition: Brand new in a USA-made jewelry gift box., Style: Vintage, Color: Silver, Brand: Ann Claridge, Metal: Mixed Metals, Chain Style: 1.5mm Snake Chain

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