symbol worn by Death
in the award winning comic book
series by Neil Gaiman
Interpretations of the ankh vary; the simplest definition
. Some also believe
that it represented balance
- specifically the balance between life and death, though also the balance of man
to it all was that you could not have life without the existance of death - the two hold each other in check.
As for why
Mike Dringenberg, the artist
who developed the image
of Death for Gaiman and Sandman, chose the ankh in his visual interpretation
"Part of that simply came out of the ankh being in vogue at the time. I also like the irony, though, because the ankh is the Egyptian symbol for life; and in some other cultures it became a symbol for immortality."
-- taken from The Sandman Companion, by Hy Bender. Copyright 1999.