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Ancient Egyptian Symbols and Their Meanings

This page features some of the most common ancient Egyptian symbols that were used by the Egyptians. Each symbol below also contains the meaning of the symbol.

eye of horusEye of Horus - The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health.
egyptian ankhAnkh - The ankh was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that symbolized eternal life. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest.
horus falconThe Falcon - Egyptians associated the Falcon with the solar god Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis. The falcon was also sacred to Montu the god of war.
feather of maatThe Feather of Maat - The Feather of Maat symbol represents truth, justice, morality and balance.
winged scarabEgyptian Scarabs - The ancient Egyptians saw how these beetles (scarabs) lived and emerged from dry ground and used this as a metaphor for the entombing and resurrection of their mummies. In this way the beetle became the Egyptian symbol for rebirth, the ability to be reborn.
egyptian lotus flowerThe Lotus Flower - The lotus closes at night and then sinks underwater. In the morning it emerges again and blooms again. Thus the flower became a natural symbol of the sun and creation. The lotus was commonly used in art as a symbol of Upper Egypt. The lotus flower is also known as a symbol of rebirth.
winged sunThe Winged Sun - represents a solar eclipse, thus the reference solar disk. The wings are supposed to represent the sun's corona during this event. The winged sun is a symbol associated with divinity, royalty and power in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Persia, etc.)
sphinxSphinx - The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travellers to allow them passage. The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.
uraeus egyptThe Uraeus - The uraeus was used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt. The Uraeus is a symbol for the goddess Wadjet, who was one of the earliest Egyptian deities and who often was depicted as a cobra.
egyptian djedDjed - The djed is a pillar-like symbol in hieroglyphics representing stability. It is associated with Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead. It is commonly understood to represent his spine. It was also sometimes used to represent Osiris himself, often combined "with a pair of eyes between the crossbars and holding the crook and flail."
was symbolWas - This is a symbol of power and dominion. The Was scepter is carried by deities as a sign of their great power.
egyptian pyramidEgyptian Pyramid - Most were built as tombs for the country's Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.
flail and crook egyptianFlail and Crook - The flail is depicted alongside the "crook" as symbols of office for the crowned Egyptian Pharaoh. The flail symbolises the Pharaoh's role as provider of food for his people and the crook symbolises his role as the shepherd of his people. Both crook and flail also serve to link the Pharaoh with Osiris. Depictions of Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the embalming, also include the flail as an attribute.
hedject crownHedjet - The White Crown. This was the crown of Upper Southern Egypt

 

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