Egyptian Hieroglyphs

This page lists all the various symbols in the Egyptian Hieroglyphs category.

The formal writing system used by the ancient Egyptians that contained a combination of logographic and alphabetic is called hieroglyphics. They began to develop this system around 3000 BC.The first hieroglyphs were used on buildings and tombs as a symbol of the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. Ancient Egyptian writing uses more than 2,000 hieroglyphic characters.

Each hieroglyph represents a common object in ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphs included a series of words in the image. This could be the sound of the object or they could represent an idea associated with the object. The system consisted of several hundred words and was complex and time consuming.Visually hieroglyphs are all more or less figurative: they represent real or illusion elements, sometimes stylized and simplified, but all generally perfectly recognizable in form. However, the same sign can, according to context, be interpreted in various ways: as an ideogram as a logogram or as a phonogram.

Symbols in this category:

Akhet

The Egyptian language word Akhet is both a hieroglyph and an Ancient Egyptian season.

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Amenta

This symbol represents the Underworld or Land of the Dead.

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Ancient Egypt Cartouche

Ancient Egyptian Cartouche is a special glyph that gave information on birth dates of people with high statuses. They were made of oval shape and formed as a plaque structure.

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Ankh

The ankh, also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life", a triliteral sign for the consonants.

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Ankh Symbol

The Ankh for the ancient Egyptians was the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but it is a persistent icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross.

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Crocodile

The crocodile is one of nature’s premier predators; at home both on land and in the water, crocodiles can remain motionless for hours while targeting prey, and their bite strength can reach well over 3000 pounds of force per square inch. For these and other reasons, this creature has acquired a great deal of cultural symbolism over the millennia.

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Crook and Flail

Individually, these objects each carry noteworthy meaning, but together they are a millennia-old symbol of power and authority.

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Djed Column

The djed column as a, Egyptian hieroglyph represented stability.

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Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health.

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Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet (also written as Wedjat, or "Udjat", Uadjet, Wedjoyet, Edjo or Uto). It is also known as ''The Eye of Ra''.

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Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus is an extremely powerful animal, both on land and in the water. Its massive size and fierce demeanor, yet also its association with fertility, all contribute to its potent symbolic meaning.

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Jackal

In certain parts of the world, the jackal often carries negative meaning, and some would argue that even the word “jackal” sounds harsh to the ears. This, however, is not the complete picture, and here we’ll examine some of these symbolic meanings and pinpoint specific aspects of the animal’s nature that has led humanity to classify jackals the way they have.

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Lotus

In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.

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Obelisk

The obelisk is an architectural feature that originated in ancient Egypt. Although simple in design, the crafting and transportation of these monolithic masterpieces was a highly involved process, and the form itself took on a number of important symbolic meanings.

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Scarab

This little beetle may seem to be a rather innocuous creature, but the symbolism attached to it places this insect in the same rank as many far more impressive beasts, and in some cases above them.

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Uraeus

The Uraeus (/jʊˈriəs/; plural Uraei or Uraeuses; from the Greek οὐραῖος, ouraīos, "on its tail"; from Egyptian jʿr.t (iaret), "rearing cobra") is the stylized, upright form of an Egyptian cobra (asp, serpent, or snake), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt.

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Was Sceptre

The was ("power, dominion") sceptre is a symbol that appeared often in relics, art, and hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Egyptian religion

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Wheat

Perhaps more than any other grain, wheat has established a reputation as both a culinary staple and a cultural symbol. It has been cultivated since the very beginning of human history and today is one of the most widely grown crops on the face of the earth.

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Winged Sun

The winged sun is a symbol associated with divinity, royalty and power in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia).

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