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A shen ring is a circle with a line at a tangent to it, which was used in Hieroglyphics as a stylised loop of a rope. In particular, the circle represented eternity, as circles did in many ancient cultures (e.g. the wedding ring). The symbol could be stretched to contain other objects, which were then understood as being made eternal by the shen ring. Indeed, when it contained a name, the symbol became the cartouche. The word shen itself means, in Egyptian, encircle.     

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