The Ankh, or crux anasata, appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings. It represents both male and female and is thought to be emblematic of strength and health; also the truth that a fruitful union is a gift from the deity. Mirrors of beaten metal were often made in the shape of an Ankh to symbolize a preceived view into another world.
The Ankh, cunstructed as a sun symbol, was often crafted in gold or burnished copper. The Coptic Christians preserved the design of the Egyptian Ankh in their representaion of the Christian cross.