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Ancient Egyptian symbolswere agreat source of knowledgeas it was necessary better to understand their history, daily life, and religionsEgyptian symbolswere depicted inhieroglyphssignsand these symbols were calledThe words of GodThe mostfamous ancient Symbolsfor Egypt are thesphinxthescarabtheankhthe 'all-seeingEye of Horusand the gods depicted with animal heads. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • Ancient Egyptian symbols were a great source of
    knowledge as it was necessary better to
    understand their history, daily life, and
    religions. Egyptian symbols were depicted in
    hieroglyphs signs, and these symbols were called
    "The words of God."
  • The most famous ancient Symbols for Egypt are the
    sphinx, the scarab, the ankh, the 'all-seeing'
    Eye of Horus, and the gods depicted with animal

  • They are shown in ancient Egyptian art, their
    artifacts, relics found in the tombs, temples,
    hieroglyphics, and the papyrus manuscripts of the
    ancient Egyptians. 
  • The Symbols represented diverse usages and
    meanings in the lives of the ancient Egyptians.
    Many ancient Egyptian symbols were used as
    amulets of protection.

The Ankh symbol
  • The Ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and
    indicates  that the King or God holding it has
    the power to give life or  take it away from
    lesser mortals.Only Kings, Queens and Gods were
    allowed to carry this symbol.
  • The Ankh as a symbol of the life giving elements
    of air and water was often used by a God or
    Goddess who holds the Ankh before the Kings
    nose,  giving him the breath of life or as
    streams of water in the  form of ankhs running
    over the King during ritual  purification.

The Wedjat Eye of Horus
  • The eye of Horus is also known as Wedjat , udjat
    or Oudjat is an ancient Egyptian symbol of
    regeneration used in modern times as popular icon
    for the civilization and is sometimes associated
    with occult beliefs.
  • The udjat is represented as a human eye and
    eyebrow as they would be seen looking at a person
    in the face.

The Khepri Scarab
  • The scarab beetle is a real beetle, a common
    beetle. To the ancient Egyptians, this common
    beetle symbolized hope and the restoration of
  • They used the design of a scarab beetle in many
    ways. Seals were created in the shape of a scarab
    and used to stamp documents.

The cartouche
  •  A cartouche is an oblong, or oval, magical rope
    which was drawn to contain the ancient Egyptian
    hieroglyphics that spelt out the name of a King
    or Queen.
  • The "cartouche" can be found on Egyptian
    monuments and papyrus documents and the magical
    rope was used to surround the name and protect

The Sphinx
  • Sphinxes are majestic monuments of Egyptian
    civilization. Sphinxes were in the forms of tombs
    so that the tombs inside could be guarded.
  • The name 'sphinx' which means 'strangler' was
    first given by the Greeks to a fabulous creature
    which had the head of a woman and the body of a
    lion and the wings of a bird.

Bastet goddess
  • The ancient Egyptians had numerous types of pets
    - monkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons, hoopoes,
    falcons, cats, dogs, and even ferrets. Feline
    reverence had a remarkable significance in their
    religious life. The people worshiped cats, and
    Bastet was the cat goddess. Bast is first and
    foremost a protectress, specifically of the royal
    house and the Two Lands. Later she got the
    life-preserving goddess of joy and protector of

The Feather of Maat
  • Maat represented justice, order, truth, morality
    and balance. Gods are often seen standing on the
    symbol of Maat, symbol of justice. Feather of
    Maat was the feather that adorned a goddess
    called Maat.
  • It is the responsibility of the Pharaoh establish
    and maintain Maat. Maat was lost when a pharaoh
    died. It could be restored by the crowning of a
    new Pharaoh.

Canopic Jars
  • Canopic jars played an important role in the
    rituals of ancient Egyptians of which the most
    prominent was the mummification process. They
    were wide necked containers in which the internal
    organs of the deceased were stored before
    mummifying the dead.
  • Egyptians believed in afterlife and stored the
    internal soft organs like the stomach,
    intestines, liver and lungs. These organs
    constituted the 'viscera'. Each organ was stored
    in a separate Canopic jar.

  • The term "obelisk" comes from the Greek word
    "Obeliskos", which means a pointed nail. It is a
    tall, tapering, four-sided structure ending at a
    pointed head.
  • It was called Tenjen in the language of Ancient
    Egypt, and meant protection and defense. The
    Obelisk was thought to perforate the clouds and
    disperse the negative forces.

The Uraeus
  • The Uraeus ,Uraei or Uraeuses is the stylized,
    upright form of an Egyptian cobra (serpent, or
    snake), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty,
    deity and divine authority in ancient Egypt.
  • The Uraeus is a symbol for the goddess Wadjet.
    She was one of the earliest Egyptian deities and
    who often was depicted as a cobra.

Hekha and Nekhakha
  • The crook or heka and the flail or flabellum
    (nekhakha), are two of the most prominent items
    in the royal regalia of ancient Egypt.
  • The scepter in Ancient Egypt was a sign for the
    kings , princes and nobles and the evidence of
    His Highness, the prestige , honor and power.
  • Actual, very fine examples of both survive from
    ancient Egypt, as do statues and various wall
    reliefs, paintings and papyrus with
    representations of these objects.

Nemes Headdress
  • headdresses were often confused. A crown or cap
    associated with the pharaoh is the Nemes
    headdress. He is most famous as represented by
    the funeral mask of Tutankhamun and is also
    visible on the Sphinx.
  • This fabric was often head full of bright colors.
    The front part of the sports this hairstyle
    uraeus, a cobra goddess vertically flared known
    as Wadjet, the vulture goddess, Nekhbet. Khepresh
    Blue Crown was this associated with the pharaoh. 

  • This presentation is a summary of an article on
    ancient Egyptian symbols in the EgyKing blog, For
    more details on the Egyptian symbols and their
    meanings Read these articles -
  • Ancient Egyptian symbols
  • Egyptian symbols and meanings
  • What is an obelisk?
  • Ancient Egypt Sphinx
  • Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  • Ancient Egyptian Blue Lotus
  • Egyptian Cartouche Definition

  • Pharaoh Headdress Meaning
  • Mastaba Art History Definition
  • Meaning of Scarab Beetle
  • Maat symbol of justice
  •  Ancient Egyptian Ka Statues
  • Crook and Flail Meaning
  •  Ancient Egyptian Uraeus
  • Ancient Egyptian Amulets
  • Ancient Egyptian Cats
  • Ancient Egyptian Artifacts
  • Cleopatra's Needle
  • Ancient Egyptian Ankh Meaning
  • Eye of Horus meaning
  • Ancient Egyptian Jewelry
  • Ancient Egyptian Art
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