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"Unveiling the Ancient Crux: A Journey through Egyptian Art and Symbolism" Step back in time to ancient Egypt, where the crux ansata, also known as the ankh

Background imageCrux Collection: Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Egypt

Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Egypt
Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Painting on stucco. New Kingdom. 20th Dynasty. 1152-1145 BC. Thebes. Grave 359. Neues Museum. Berlin. Germany

Background imageCrux Collection: Temple of Ramses III. The pharaoh Ramses III with Khepresh

Temple of Ramses III. The pharaoh Ramses III with Khepresh. New Kingdom. (1550-1069 b.C). Twentieth dynasty. Thebes. Medinet-Habou. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus with Crux & Carina

Southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus with Crux & Carina
The southern Milky Way from Vela (at right) to Centaurus (at left), with the False Cross at left, the true Southern Cross at right of centre, and Alpha and Beta Centauri at left

Background imageCrux Collection: Nyankhre false door stela. Egypt

Nyankhre false door stela. Egypt
Nyankhre false door stela. 2450 BC. Limestone's small false door from the mastaba of the hairdresser's superintendent of the Palace Niankhre

Background imageCrux Collection: Stela of Wennekhu. Egypt

Stela of Wennekhu. Egypt
Stela of Wennekhu. In the upper register, the god Ra depicted in the solar boat with the falcon-headed. In the lower register

Background imageCrux Collection: Various forms of cross (litho)

Various forms of cross (litho)
6013626 Various forms of cross (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Various forms of cross)

Background imageCrux Collection: The Southern Cross (chromolitho)

The Southern Cross (chromolitho)
2788916 The Southern Cross (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Southern Cross. Liebig card, published in late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imageCrux Collection: Osiride pillar of pharaoh Sesostris I. Egypt

Osiride pillar of pharaoh Sesostris I. Egypt
Egyptian Art. Osiride pillar of pharaoh Sesostris I, second king of 12th Dynasty. Middle Kingdom. Ruled between 1956 and 1910 BC. Luxor Museum. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Sunset On A Cross On Rocks In The Middle Of A Lake

Sunset On A Cross On Rocks In The Middle Of A Lake

Background imageCrux Collection: Egypt. Stele of Herakleion-Thonis. The Naucratis decree (380

Egypt. Stele of Herakleion-Thonis. The Naucratis decree (380
Egyptian Art. Stele of Herakleion-Thonis. The Naucratis decree (380 B.C.). Royal Decree drafted by order of Pharaoh Nectanebo I (380-362 BC)

Background imageCrux Collection: Great Temple of Ramses II. Hieroglyph. Abu Simbel. Egypt

Great Temple of Ramses II. Hieroglyph. Abu Simbel. Egypt
Great Temple of Ramses II. Hieroglyph. 19th Dynasty. New Kingdom. Abu Simbel. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Statue of the goddess Hathor, depicted with cow horns and so

Statue of the goddess Hathor, depicted with cow horns and so
Egyptian Art. Statue of the goddess Hathor, depicted with cow horns and solar disk. Comes from the Temple of Luxor. Luxor Museum. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Statue of Amenhotep III (Neb-Maat-Ra) and Sobek c. 1390-1352

Statue of Amenhotep III (Neb-Maat-Ra) and Sobek c. 1390-1352
Statue of Amenhotep III (Neb-Maat-Ra) and Sobek c.1390-1352 BC. Carved from Calcite (Egyptian Alabaster). Found in the Sobek temple at Dahamsha

Background imageCrux Collection: Relief depicting a hand with an ankh or crux ansata. Egypt

Relief depicting a hand with an ankh or crux ansata. Egypt
Relief depicting a hand with an ankh or crux ansata. Temple of Hatshepsut. Eighteenth Dynasty. New Kingdom. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Mosaic of the southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus

Mosaic of the southern Milky Way from Vela to Centaurus
Mosaic of the southern Milky Way from Vela (right) to Centaurus (left) taking in Carina and Crux (center)

Background imageCrux Collection: Panorama view of the center of the Milky Way

Panorama view of the center of the Milky Way
A panorama of the center of the Galaxy portion of the southern hemisphere Milky Way, from Crux at right to Aquila at left

Background imageCrux Collection: Illuminated Cross

Illuminated Cross

Background imageCrux Collection: Bible With A Ring In Church Sanctuary

Bible With A Ring In Church Sanctuary

Background imageCrux Collection: Silhouette Of Cross

Silhouette Of Cross

Background imageCrux Collection: Cross In Water, Bewick, England

Cross In Water, Bewick, England

Background imageCrux Collection: Grave Site Marked By A Cross On A Hill

Grave Site Marked By A Cross On A Hill

Background imageCrux Collection: Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, High Crosses

Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, High Crosses

Background imageCrux Collection: Faith Composite

Faith Composite

Background imageCrux Collection: Cross Carved On A Standing Rock

Cross Carved On A Standing Rock

Background imageCrux Collection: Businessman Holding Out A Cross

Businessman Holding Out A Cross

Background imageCrux Collection: Egypt. Dendera. Hathor Temple. Cleopatra VII, Julius Caesar

Egypt. Dendera. Hathor Temple. Cleopatra VII, Julius Caesar
Egyptian Art. Dendera. Hathor Temple. Relief depicting Cleopatra VII, Julius Caesar and their son Caesarion, later her co-regent Ptolemy XV Caesar. 1st. Century B.C. Ptolemaic Dynasty

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Karnak. The goddess Maat. Relief

Egyptian Art. Karnak. The goddess Maat. Relief
Egyptian Art. The Karnak Temple Complex. Relief depicting Maat, goddess of truth and justice. New Empire. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramses II. Cartridge

Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramses II. Cartridge
Egyptian Art. The Karnak Temple Complex. Hieroglyphic writing. Royal protocol of Ramesses II. Fifth title of the Pharaoh: son of Ra.19th Dynasty (1320-1200 b.C.). New Empire. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Royal protocol of Ramses II. Cartridge

Royal protocol of Ramses II. Cartridge
Hieroglyphic writing. Royal protocol of Ramses II. Fifth title of the Pharaoh: son of Ra.19th Dynasty (1320-1200 b.C.). New Empire. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Ankh. Relief. Temple of Horus. Edfu. Egypt

Ankh. Relief. Temple of Horus. Edfu. Egypt
Egyptian hieroglyph depicting the Ankh. Temple of Horus in Edu. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. Anubis. Seated figure

Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. Anubis. Seated figure
Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. Polychrome reliefs that decorate the interior. Anubis. Seated figure. Deir el-Medina. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. God Amun. Seated figure

Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. God Amun. Seated figure
Ptolemaic temple of Hathor and Maat. Polychrome reliefs that decorate the interior. God Amun. Seated figure. Deir el-Medina. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Reliefs depicting the ankh, uady and djed pillar. Deir el-Ba

Reliefs depicting the ankh, uady and djed pillar. Deir el-Ba
Reliefs depicting the ankh, uady, scepter linked to power and wealth and djed pillar, symbol of stability. Temple of Hatshepsut. Temples of Deir el-Bahari. Dynasty XVIII. New Kingdom. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Maat, goddess of wisdom, justice and truth

Maat, goddess of wisdom, justice and truth. Royal protocol of Nebmaatre or Amenhotep III, Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. New Empire. Luxot temple. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Egypt. Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge. Back of a statue

Egypt. Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge. Back of a statue
Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge. Back of a statue. Mit Rahina Open Air Museum. Memphis. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Egypt. Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge

Egypt. Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge
Hieroglyphic writing. Cartridge. Mit Rahina Open Air Museum. Memphis. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Hieroglyph. Sela of Amenemhat I. 12th Dynasty. Middle Kingdo

Hieroglyph. Sela of Amenemhat I. 12th Dynasty. Middle Kingdom. British Museum. London

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Temple of Kom Ombo. The god Sobek wearing shut

Egyptian Art. Temple of Kom Ombo. The god Sobek wearing shut
Egyptian Art. Temple of Kom Ombo. Ptolemaic Dynasty. 2nd century B.C. Dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and falcon god Haroeris. Relief depicting the god Sobek wearing shuty crown

Background imageCrux Collection: Egypt. Temple of Horus. Relief depicting an egyptian deity g

Egypt. Temple of Horus. Relief depicting an egyptian deity g
Egypt. Edfu. Temple of Horus. Relief depicting an egyptian deity giving the key of life, ankh, to the Pharaoh

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramesses VI Nebmaatre-Meryam

Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramesses VI Nebmaatre-Meryam
Egyptian Art. The Karnak Temple Complex. Hieroglyphic writing. Royal protocol of Ramesses VI Nebmaatre-Meryamun. He reigned from 1145 BC to 1137 BC. 20th Dynasty. New Empire. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramesses II. Cartridge

Egyptian Art. Royal protocol of Ramesses II. Cartridge
Egyptian Art. The Karnak Temple Complex. Hieroglyphic writing. Royal protocol of Ramesses II. Fifth title of the Pharaoh: son of Ra.19th Dynasty (1320-1200 b.C.). New Empire. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Relief depicting a scene from the Kings Heb Sed. Palace of

Relief depicting a scene from the Kings Heb Sed. Palace of
Relief depicting a scene from the Kings Heb Sed. Monumental gateway from the Palace of Apries, Memphis, Egypt. Limestone. Late Period, Saite. 26th Dynasty. C. 589-570 BC

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE). Stele. King sac

Egyptian Art. Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE). Stele. King sac
Egyptian Art. Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE). Stele. Relief we see a king sacrificing to Isis and Serapis. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageCrux Collection: Detail of the Ankh at the statue of egyptian God Anubis

Detail of the Ankh at the statue of egyptian God Anubis
Statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis. Detail of the Ankh. Diorite. Reign of Amenophis III. 1403-1365 BC. 18th Dynasty. New Kingdom. From the Temple of Luxor. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen

Background imageCrux Collection: Temple of Ramses II. Young prince. Statue near the feet of t

Temple of Ramses II. Young prince. Statue near the feet of t
Egyptian Art. Temple of Ramses II (1290-1224 BC). Young prince. Statue near the feet of the colossi of Ramses II. 19th dynasty. New Kingdom. Abu Simbel. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Ankh or key of life. Relief. Abu Simbel. Egypt

Ankh or key of life. Relief. Abu Simbel. Egypt
Ankh or key of life. Relief. Great Temple. Abu Simbel. Egypt

Background imageCrux Collection: Egyptian Art. Cornice Block with relief showing the Baptism

Egyptian Art. Cornice Block with relief showing the Baptism of Pharaoh Roman Period. 41- 68 A.D. Sandstone. 1st Cataract, Philae, Temple of Harendotes. Egypt. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York

Background imageCrux Collection: Statue of Iwnit. Egypt

Statue of Iwnit. Egypt
Egyptian Art. Statue of Iwnit. Reign of Pharaoh Amenophis III. 18th Dynasty. Between 1405 - 1367 BC. New Kingdom. Luxor Museum. Egypt



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"Unveiling the Ancient Crux: A Journey through Egyptian Art and Symbolism" Step back in time to ancient Egypt, where the crux ansata, also known as the ankh, held profound significance. From Pharaoh Amenhotep I to Cleopatra VII, this symbol adorned temples, statues, stelae, and coffins - a testament to its enduring power. In the Temple of Ramses III, we witness the majestic pharaoh Ramses III donning the Khepresh crown alongside the crux ansata. This emblem of life and eternity was intricately woven into every aspect of Egyptian culture. Hatshepsut's Osirian statue stands tall as a representation of rebirth and resurrection. The crux ansata rests in her hand like a key unlocking eternal life for all who behold it. The Nyankhre false door stela transports us further into history with its intricate carvings depicting offerings made to ensure everlasting existence. The presence of the ankh reminds us that life transcends death. Wennekhu's stela reveals his devotion to Maat - goddess of truth and justice - with her wings outstretched protectively over him. The crux ansata serves as a reminder that righteousness leads to immortality. The Naucratis decree from Herakleion-Thonis showcases how even legal documents were infused with symbolism. Here we find references to Hathor's divine influence represented by her iconic cow horns atop an ankh-shaped headdress. Amenhotep III immortalizes himself alongside Sobek in their grand statue. As they stand side by side holding ankhs, they embody both earthly power and spiritual vitality – two realms united through this sacred symbol. A relief depicting a hand grasping an ankh captivates our attention; it is believed that this gesture bestowed blessings upon those who beheld it – offering them protection on their journey through life and beyond.