(National Geographic News) Chest of Tutankhamun. In the shape of a cartouche, this gilded wood chest from King Tutankhamun's tomb is inlaid with ivory, ebony, and various colored pastes. A cartouche is an oval figure enclosing a sovereign's name.
The Ankh (unicode 2625 U) is the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the NH ˁ word, which means "life." It is an attribute of the Egyptian gods that can keep the loop, or wear one in each hand, arms crossed over the chest. This symbol was called Crux Ansata
only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this 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