The ankh is the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the NH ˁ word, which means "life." It is an attribute of the Egyptian gods that can keep the loop, or wear one in each hand, arms crossed over the chest. This symbol was called crux ansata Latin ("ankh")
Columns of an Ancient Egyptian Temple in Luxor, Egypt. I've been there--this peristyle is a forest of huge decorated and painted columns which are immense and the whole is overwhelming in its massive power.