For other uses, see Hieroglyph (disambiguation).
Egyptian hieroglyphs typical of the Graeco-Roman period, sculpted in Relief.
Glyphs: viper, owl, 'bread bun', folded cloth

A hieroglyph (Greek for "sacred writing") is a character of the ancient Egyptian writing system. Logographic scripts that are pictographic in form in a way reminiscent of ancient Egyptian are also sometimes called hieroglyphs".[1] In Neoplatonism, especially during the Renaissance, a "hieroglyph" was an artistic representation of an esoteric idea, which Neoplatonists believed actual Egyptian hieroglyphs to be. The word hieroglyphics refer to a hieroglyphic script.

List of hieroglyphs

See also


  1. "Egypt, Ancient: Hieroglyphics and Origins of Alphabet". Encyclopedia of African History Title information   via Credo Reference (subscription required) . Retrieved 12 September 2012.

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