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Horus falcon grasping Shen Rings
Meaning of Name:
A symbol of eternity and the sun, the
ring is represented as a double strand of rope, the ends of which are folded in such a way that a closed ring is formed with a knot on the underside. The symbol could be stretched to contain other objects, which were then understood as being made eternal by the
ring. Indeed, when it contained a name, the symbol became the
. One theory is that the
ring represented the sun's eternal journey.
3rd and 4th Dynasties
it was worn around the neck for protection, and painted on coffins. Magic rings were very popular and believed to give protection from illnesses. The
ring was sometimes attached to various types of staffs such as the
specter, the staff of authority, or power, symbolizing the eternal authority of that power.
ring was often held by
deities with strong solar connections, such as
. The upcurved wings of some jewelery in the form of birds deliberately imitates the shape of the
that they hold in their claws. Examples have been found made of
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