Akhet (hieroglyph)

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Akhet (horizon)
in hieroglyphs

Akhet (Ancient Egyptian: Ꜣḫt; Gardiner: N27) is an Egyptian hieroglyph that represents the place where the sun rises or sets. It is translated as "horizon" or "mountain of light".[citation needed] Betrò describes it as "Mountain with the Rising Sun" and an ideogram for "horizon".[1]

Akhet appears in the Egyptian name for the Great Pyramid of Giza (Akhet Khufu) and in the assumed name of the pharaoh Akhenaten. It also appears in the name of the syncretized form of Ra and Horus, Ra-Horakhty (Rꜥ Ḥr Ꜣḫty, "Ra–Horus of the Horizons").

In Egyptian architecture, the pylon mirrored the hieroglyph.

It was also associated with recreation and rebirth.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Betrò (1995), p. 161.


  • Betrò, Maria Carmela (1995), Hieroglyphics: The Writings of Ancient Egypt, New York: Abbeville Press, ISBN 978-0-7892-0232-1.