Akhet (hieroglyph)

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N27
Akhet (horizon)
in hieroglyphs

Akhet (Ancient Egyptian: Ꜣḫt; Gardiner: N27) is an Egyptian hieroglyph that represents the sun rising over a mountain. It is translated as "horizon" or "the place in the sky where the sun rises".[1] Betrò describes it as "Mountain with the Rising Sun" and an ideogram for "horizon".[2]

Akhet appears in the Egyptian name for the Great Pyramid of Giza (Akhet Khufu),[3] and in the assumed name of Akhetaten, the city founded by pharaoh Akhenaten.[4] It also appears in the name of the syncretized form of Ra and Horus, Ra-Horakhty (Rꜥ Ḥr Ꜣḫty, "Ra–Horus of the Horizons").[5]

In ancient Egyptian architecture, the pylon mirrored the hieroglyph.[6] The symbol is sometimes connected with the Egyptian deity Aker and the astrological sign of Libra.[7]

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  1. ^ 1879-1963., Gardiner, Alan H. (Alan Henderson) (1957). Egyptian grammar : being an introduction to the study of hieroglyphs / by Sir Alan Gardiner (3rd ed., rev.; 1969 printing ed.). London: Published on behalf of the Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, by Oxford University Press. p. 489. ISBN 9780900416354. OCLC 229894.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Betrò (1995), p. 161.
  3. ^ Verner 2001, p. 189.
  4. ^ David 1998, p. 125.
  5. ^ Watterson 2013, p. 59, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
  6. ^ Wilkinson 2005, p. 195.
  7. ^ Nozedar, Adele. The illustrated signs & symbols sourcebook : an A to Z compendium of over 1000 designs. ISBN 978-1-4351-6181-8. OCLC 960951107.

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