𓅡

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𓅡 U+13161, 𓅡
EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH G029
Gardiner number: G29
𓅠
[U+13160]
Egyptian Hieroglyphs 𓅢
[U+13162]

Egyptian[edit]

Glyph origin[edit]

Originally representing the saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis). The stork is depicted with decreasing accuracy over time; the earliest instances come from knife and mace handles from the Late Predynastic Period and are very accurate. Starting from the 3rd Dynasty the bill of the hieroglyphic stork began to shorten. In later phases of the Old Kingdom, as the bird died out and disappeared from Egypt, the glyph became increasingly schematized, with a shorter neck and bill, a goose-like posture, and incorrect placement of the wattle on the neck or chest rather than at the base of the bill. This form then continued on mostly unchanged for the rest of Egyptian history.

Symbol[edit]

G29

(bꜣ)

  1. Biliteral phonogram for bꜣ.
  2. Used as an ideogram for ba: see bꜣ.

Usage notes[edit]

This is both the earliest and most widespread glyph to serve as an ideogram for the ba, among
E10
(𓃝),
G53
(𓅽), and possibly
F9
(𓄇) with the same meaning.

References[edit]

  • Janák, Jíří (2014) Saddle-Billed Stork (Ba-Bird) in the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology.
  • Betrò, Maria (1995) Geroglifici: 580 Segni per Capire l'Antico Egitto, Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., ISBN 8804403896