Relief Plaque Depicting Hieroglyphic Signs

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Date:

Early Ptolemaic Period (about 300 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This plaque, which originally served as a sculptor’s model, is carved with three images that the Egyptian used in their hieroglyphic writing. The human head represents the sound tp, the owl stands for m, and the viper represents the sound f. These signs would have been copied by artists as they carved pictures and words on the walls of tombs.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Relief Plaque Depicting Hieroglyphic Signs

Origin

Egypt

Date

300 BC

Medium

Stone

Dimensions

23.4 × 14 × 2.5 cm (9 3/8 × 5 1/2 × 1 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.253

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