The Egyptian symbol of life, perhaps the life which remains
after death. It takes the form of a cross with a loop instead of
an upper vertical arm. It is conjectured that it symbolizes the
union of the male and female principles, the origins of life, and
that like the American cross, it typifies the four winds, the rainbringers
and fertilizers. It is usually carried in the right hand
by Egyptian divinities. This symbol of a cross with a handle is
also known as crux ansata.