The Ankh was an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that stood for a word meaning life. It is also called crux ansata, Latin for cross-with-a-handle.
The Ankh symbolic representation is of both Physical and Eternal life. It is known as the original cross, which is a powerful symbol that was first created by Africans in Ancient Egypt.
The Ankh is typically associated with material things such as water (which was believed by Egyptians to regenerate life), air, sun, as well as with the Gods, who are frequently pictured carrying an Ankh. Egyptian gods carried the ankh by the loop, or held one in each hand crossed over their breast.