The ankh is the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph signifying "life" It is found in ancient tomb inscriptions, including those of the king Tutankhamen, and gods and pharaohs are often depicted holding the ankh. In the final judgment papyrus art the 14 judges hold the key of life (ankh) as they judge the deceased. The ankh forms part of hieroglyphs for such concepts as health and happiness.
The ankh was almost never drawn in silver; as a sun-symbol, the Egyptians almost invariably crafted important examples of it (for tombs or other purposes) from the metal they most associated with the sun, gold. A similar metal such as copper, burnished to a high sheen, was also sometimes used.