An exceptional large pottery mould for an Ankh Symbol, dating to New Kingdom 1550-1070 BC.
The pottery mould was used for making faiance amulets with the ankh symbol. The ankh also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life". 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.
This mould is attached to a plint in black stone and measures 45 mm. x 28 mm.
Ex. Johan Dæhlfeldt Estate Collection - 40 years of collecting antiquities.