" hilly-country "
The ancient Egyptian Hill-country or "Foreign land" hieroglyph (𓈉) is a member of the sky, earth, and water hieroglyphs. A form of the hieroglyph in color, has a green line-(banding) at the base of the hieroglyph. The hieroglyph refers to the hills, and mountains, on both sides of the Nile River, and thus the green references the verdant black farming land adjacent to the river proper. It is coded N25 in Gardiner's sign list, and U+13209 in Unicode. It is a determinative hieroglyph, simply conveying a meaning, and has no phonetic value.
Various colors, and patterning, may adorn the rest of the hieroglyph when the bottom is green.
Three major uses
- 1 – hill country, or hills
- 2 – a reference to arid, desert land
- 3 – Determinative, for foreign lands
Use as determinative
One major use of the hill-country hieroglyph is as the determinative for land, but especially the names of foreign lands. For example in the Merneptah Stele, foreign lands are mentioned, including the name of Hatti.
Partial list with land determinative
List of uses of the foreign land determinative:
The Nine bows (foreigners or rebels)
|the Nine foreign lands|
One spelling of the foreign peoples, the Nine bows, is represented by the Hill country hieroglyph, "t", and nine single strokes. The nine foreign lands used for the Nine Bows are also iconographically shown inside of cartouches, with their names. The cartouches are the 'bodies' of the "prisoner", or "captive", arms tied behind the back, the name of the land/city inside the cartouche.
- "Like many Egyptian words in hieroglyphics, the word “Israel” includes an additional sign that lacks any phonetic value. Scholars call such signs determinatives because they indicate the kind of word to which they are attached."Bible Review. Biblical Archaeology Society. 1997. p. 38.
- Betrò, pg 158
- Budge, An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, "kh", 'khast', pg 533b
- Betrò, "Hilly Terrain", pg 158
- "Susa, Statue of Darius - Livius". www.livius.org.
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- Budge, pg 533b
- Budge, pg lxxvii, "IV, 480", (Urkunden der 18 Dynastic, Bande III und IV bearbeitet von K. Sethe)-(Kurt Heinrich Sethe)
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