Obelisk (hieroglyph)

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O25
Obelisk
in hieroglyphs
Middle column with story of the obelisk's erection (using Mast (hieroglyph)) and obelisk hieroglyph).

The ancient Egyptian Obelisk hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. O25 is a portrayal of the obelisk. The hieroglyph is commonly used on erected Egyptian obelisks, as there is often a discussion of the event of its erection: a historical event, as well as an accomplishment of the pharaoh, and the Egyptian Kingdom.

Usage[edit]

The obelisk hieroglyph in the Egyptian language is t(kh)n, and is the identical word with the same spelling (different determinatives), for 'to beat a drum', musician, etc. There are other meanings for 'tekhen', as well. The obelisk is a determinative in the Egyptian language, and the word t(kh)n has multiple spellings, since obelisk construction was done over various timeperiods. Some spellings are:[1]
X1 Aa1
N35
O25
 
X1 Aa1
N35
W24
Z7
O25 O39
The second spelling uses the shortened variety of the block-of-stone (hieroglyph),
N39
as the 2nd determinative.
Preceded by
A32
 
Y7 A26

drumbeat
musician-with-instrument
-- --
t(kh)n
t(kh)nu
O25

obelisk
-- --
t(kh)n
Succeeded by
X1
N37
D21

color-red
see: Deshret
(Red Crown)
-- --
t(sh)r

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Budge, 1978, (1920), An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, section t,
    X1
    p. 843b.
  • Budge, 1978, (1920). An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1978, (c 1920), Dover edition, 1978. (In two volumes, 1314 pp, and cliv-(154) pp.) (softcover, ISBN 0-486-23615-3)