Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals
The ancient city of Persepolis (Iran) in modern-day Iran was one of four capitals of the sprawling Persian Empire. Built beginning around 520 B., the city was a showcase for the empire's staggering wealth, with grand architecture
Bas reliefs of a [genie] with poppies (top) and a man with an ibex and poppy (bottom), Assyrian, c. early century BCE, the era of Sargon II, found at the site of Dur Sharrukin (digital images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) .
Ashurbanipal was an Assyrian king, the son of Esarhaddon and the last strong king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire BC). He is famed for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform documents for his royal palace at Nineveh.