Y; Writing, games and music

The hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt are often listed in groups of associated glyphs. The following hieroglyphs have been grouped according to the system established by Sir Alan Gardiner and are all depictions of items associated with writing, games and music.


Y1; closed scroll
Y1
Det and Log; book, write, writing, abstract ideas, to be large, to be new Abbr; sum
Y2; open scroll
Y2
Det and Log; book, write, writing, abstract ideas, to be large, to be new Abbr; sum
X2a; bread loaf and beer jug
Y2a
Det; mortuary offering, food
Y3; writing set
Y3
Det; writing implements Abbr; to write, writing
Y4; writing set
Y4
Det; writing implements Abbr; to write, writing
Y5; senet game
Y5
Phon; mn
Y6; senet game piece
Y6
Det and Log; game piece Abbr; dancer
Y7; harp
Y7
Det; harp
Y8; sistrum
Y8
Phon; shm Det and Log; sistrum

Codes

Abb; the sign is an abbreviation of a word,
Det; the sign acts as a determinative (it has no phonetic value, but provids further information about the full word),
Log; the sign is a logogram (it represents an entire word or idea),
Phon; the sign has a phonetic value, and
Phon Det; the sign is a phonetic determinant (it acts as a determinative but also has a phonetic value).


A: Man and his occupations
B: Woman and her occupations
C: Anthropomorphic Deities
D: Parts of the body
E: Mammals
F: Parts of Mammals
G: Birds, 1
H: Parts of Birds
I: Amphibious Animals, Reptiles, etc.
K: Fishes and Parts of Fishes
L: Invertebrata and Lesser Animals
M: Trees and Plants
N: Sky, Earth, Water
O: Buildings and Parts of Buildings
P: Ships and Parts of Ships
Q: Domestic and Funerary Furniture
R: Temple Furniture and Sacret Emblems
S: Crowns, Dress, Staves, etc
T: Warfare, Hunting, Butchery
U: Agriculture, Crafts and Professions
V: Rope, Fibre, Baskets, Bags, etc.
W: Vessels of Stone and Earthenware
X: Loaves and Cakes
Y: Writing, Games, Music
Z: Strokes, Geometrical Figures, etc.
Aa: Unclassified

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