Adze-on-block (hieroglyph)

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Cartouche on pillar.

The ancient Egyptian Adze on a Wood Block, or Axe in a Block of Wood[1] hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. U20, is a portrayal of the adze. It is used mostly in the cartouches of pharaonic names especially, or other important names.

The adze on block[2] has the Egyptian language value of stp[3] and is the verb "choose". It is used as a determinative[4] in 'stp', "cut into pieces", and as an ideogram[5] for 'stp', "choose", "choice".

The adze tool sign, Gardiner nos. U18 and U19,
, portray just the adze, (or hand-axe).

Cartouche usage: "chosen of"[edit]

The most common usage of this hieroglyph is for a descriptor with the names in the pharaonic cartouche. An example for Ramesses II, shows his prenomen as:
ra wsr mAat stp ra
UserMaatRe SetepeNRe, and is approximately: Maat's Power of Ra, (the) Chosen of Ra. (i.e. Maat's Powerful and Chosen (one) of Ra)

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  1. ^ Betrò, 1995. Hieroglyphics: The Writings of Ancient Egypt, Axe in a Block of Wood: p. 229.
  2. ^ Collier and Manley, 1998, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs, p. 142.
  3. ^ Collier and Manley, 1998, p. 142.
  4. ^ Betrò, 1995, p. 229.
  5. ^ Betrò, 1995, p. 229.