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Trial Piece with Hieroglyphs

A work made of granite.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of granite.

Date:

Early Ptolemaic Period, about 300 BCE

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Trial Piece with Hieroglyphs

Origin

Egypt

Date

c. 300 BCE

Medium

Granite

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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