The ancient Egyptian ship's mast hieroglyph is one of the oldest language hieroglyphs from Ancient Egypt. It is used on a famous label of Pharaoh Den of the First dynasty, but forms part of the location hieroglyph: Emblem of the East.
The hieroglyphic language equivalent of the mast is 'ḥ'[clarification needed] and means "to stand erect", or "to stand vertical"; its use is extensive throughout the language history, and hieroglyphic tomb reliefs and story-telling of Ancient Egypt. It is possibly a forerunner hieroglyph kh3, the sun rising upon the horizon.
From right, hieroglyphs: sedge of the South, Papyrus clump with leaves of North-Nile Delta, wife-hieroglyph, the tree-hieroglyph, and the Ship's Mast hieroglyph
Cartouche amulet, with variant form of mast hieroglyph
Nectanebo II obelisk, stating that he 'erected' the obelisk, (using the Mast-hieroglyph)
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- Gardiner's Sign List#P. Ships and Parts of Ships
- Gardiner's Sign List#U. Agriculture, Crafts, and Professions
- Sun rising-Coronation (hieroglyph)
- List of Egyptian hieroglyphs by common name: M-Z
- 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)