Harpoon (hieroglyph)

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Harpoon
in hieroglyphs

The ancient Egyptian harpoon, (archaeological, single-barbed type), is one of the oldest language hieroglyphs from Ancient Egypt. It is used on the famous Narmer Palette, of Pharaoh Narmer from the 31st century BC, in an archaic hieroglyphic form.

Language usage of harpoon[edit]

The hieroglyphic equivalent of the harpoon is wꜥ, and means "1", a single item, and it is one of the 102 Egyptian biliterals; its use is extensive throughout the language history, and hieroglyphic tomb reliefs and story-telling of Ancient Egypt.

Rosetta Stone usage[edit]

Front side usage of harpoon-(left photo), Narmer Palette.

In the 198 BC Rosetta Stone of Ptolemy V Epiphanes, the harpoon hieroglyph is used only once, in line 8: "crowns, 10...with uraeus on their fronts, on one every among them."—("on each among them").

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