The Ankh appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art, commonly at the fingertips of a god or goddess in pictures depicting the afterlife’s deities bestowing life on the mummies of the deceased; this is supposed to signify the process of conception. One of Egypt’s most revered symbols was the ankh. Furthermore, Egyptians frequently wore an ankh as an amulet, either alone or in combination with two other hieroglyphs that meant “strength” and “health.” Mirrors constructed of beaten metal in the shape of an ankh were also used, either for ornamental purposes or to represent an imagined vision into another world.
As a sun-symbol, the Egyptians almost always created notable specimens of the ankh (for tombs or other uses) from gold, the metal they most identified with the sun. A similar metal, such as copper, with a high luster, was also employed on occasion.