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
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
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- Gardiner's Sign List#T. Warfare, Hunting, Butchery
- Gardiner's Sign List#U. Agriculture, Crafts, and Professions
Closeup of archaic form on Narmer Palette
- Budge. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1978, (c 1920), Dover edition, 1978. (In two volumes) (softcover, ISBN 0-486-23615-3)
- Budge. The Rosetta Stone, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1929, Dover edition(unabridged), 1989. (softcover, ISBN 0-486-26163-8)