|Ancient Egyptian Pottery - Uses and Symbolic Meaning - 2|
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One of the most famous symbols found on ancient Egyptian pottery and other art is still being used today. The Ankh is the symbol of eternal life and today the symbol is being used as a Christian cross. There are many images depicting the gods holding an Ankh to someone's lips, which is consisted to be an offering of "The Breath of Life", the breath you will need in the afterlife. The symbol looks similar to the Christian cross we see today except the top part is a rounded looking like a one legged stick person.
The Eye of Horus, originally called the Wedjat or Oudjat, is another easily recognised symbol found on many Egyptian pottery and art. Horus was represented as the falcon-headed god, was an important god in Egyptian legend. The symbol, which is human eye and eyebrow, stands for protection, health and prosperity. The ancient Egyptians believed that this symbol had a very powerful and magical effect on restoring harmony to the unstabilised world and restoring wrong doings. Some of the symbols used in ancient art often carry more than one meaning, and with many myths and stories behind each one, it is near on impossible to be completely sure of the symbols origins.
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