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Ancient Egyptian Cartouche

A cartouche is a hieroglyphic symbol that was given to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.  This symbol was important so people would know who they were serving.


When was the Cartouche Made?

The cartouche started being used when Sneferu was a pharaoh and this was during the Fourth Dynasty.

What Does a Cartouche Look Like?

A cartouche is an oval picture that has a line that goes horizontal or left and right at the bottom and then the words written inside the oval are the words of the king, pharaoh or the royal person.


The cartouche was basically like a name plate that was shaped like an oval and it would have the name written in the middle of it.


Below are Kingfishers version of their Egyptian Cartouche