The Shen is a hieroglyphic representation of a coiled rope. It dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, where it was an emblem of divinity:



The shen is often found in depictions of Egyptian deities, pharaohs, and other important persons.


Where it appears surrounding a name, it signifies that the person named is under divine protection, and is called a shenu:

Shenu as cartouche
Related Symbols:
TyetMenatKnot of Inanna

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