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Ancient Egyptian Symbols 'Ankh and Was'

Cross stitch Designer: Karen Dixon


Counted Cross Stitch Kit: Ankh & Was

The ankh is probably the most familiar of all hieroglyphics, although the origin of it is rather obscure: some believe it to represent a sandal strap, a knot, or an elaborate bow. The meaning of this symbol is, however, clearly that of 'life'. The ankh remained in use throughout the Egyptian period, being eventually absorbed into the christian religion, where it was known as the crux ansata (the 'eyed' or 'handled' cross). The ankh is often depicted in association with the was sceptre, where it represented 'all life and power'. Yet again, although the symbolism of the was is clear, the origin is uncertain. It may have represented the staff of a herdsman, or possibly an elongated animal. The was is most commonly depicted being handed to, or carried by, deities as a sign of their authority or power.

The design is worked on 14 count Aida fabric and the worked area measures 5 x 5 ins (13 x 13cm).


Egyptian Symbols - Ankh & Was: Counted Cross Stitch Kit
Kit contains Zweigart 14 count Aida fabric, Anchor stranded cotton, black and white symbol counted cross stitch chart, needle and instructions.
14.85
inc. VAT
(sales tax)
Approx US$ 20.20


Egyptian Symbols - Ankh & Was: Counted Cross Stitch Pattern Pack
Pattern Pack contains black and white symbol counted cross stitch chart, colour photograph and instructions.
7.65
inc. VAT
(sales tax)
Approx US$ 10.40


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