The Djed and the Ankh


Religious practices and iconography developed during Narmer's reign with symbols such as the Djed and the Ankh.


The Djed


The Djed is an ancient Egyptian symbol for stability which features prominently in Egyptian art and architecture throughout the country's history. The Djed is often overlooked in Egyptian art, and especially in architecture, simply because it is so ubiquitous; the Djed is featured on pillars, tomb walls, palace walls, sheets of papyrus, and especially sarcophagi. Once one is aware of the Djed and its importance to ancient Egyptian culture, it is impossible to miss.