Sterling Silver Egyptian Cartouche
This sterling silver cartouche was purchased overseas in Egypt. The original owner was a retired Air Force Chief who traveled on work assignment to Turkey. He took a trip to Egypt while on assignment and purchased a few cartouches for his family. This was the only sterling silver cartouche that made it's way back to the states from his travels. It is in very good condition with only very light wear in the form of scratches (please view magnified photos). There are NO dents or cracks to metal work and the pendant bail will allow for a chain or leather strap up to 5mm thick. This is a great size that would look great on a lady or a gent. This is a cast piece that would be considered a tourist piece that one might purchase outside of a historical attraction or museum. Please ready below specifications for hieroglyphic meanings.
* Solid Sterling Silver (stamped)
* Origin - Egypt
* Measures 1 11/16" inches x 1/2" inch
* 6.41 grams
* c. Early 1990's
The Red Crown "pschent" Pharaoh - symbolized the pharaoh's control over Lower Egypt, and was worn on occasions involving Lower Egypt only. The pschent was the double crown worn by rulers in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians generally referred to it as sekhemty (sḫm.ty), the Two Powerful Ones. It combined the White Hedjet Crown of Upper Egypt and the Red Deshret Crown of Lower Egypt. The Pschent represented the pharaoh's power over all of unified Egypt.
Sun - because of the life giving qualities of the sun the Egyptians worshiped the sun as a god. The creator of the universe and the giver of life, the sun or Ra represented life, warmth and growth.
Sceptre "Was"- is a symbol that appeared often in relics, art, and hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Egyptian religion. It appears as a stylized animal head at the top of a long, straight staff with a forked end. Was sceptres were used as symbols of power or dominion.
Seated Goddess "Wadjet" - the cobra goddess sometimes shown on the forehead of kings, can be depicted wearing the crown (Deshret) in her role as protector of Lower Egypt. Wadjet was revered as the goddess of childbirth, and protector of children, and in later years she became the protector of kings.
On a Wood Block "Adze"- Axe in a Block of Wood represents choose or chosen by.
Water Ripple - means belonging to or for