Obelisk (hieroglyph)

Middle column with story of the obelisk's erection (using mast and obelisk hieroglyph). Obelisk Egyptian hieroglyphs

The ancient Egyptian Obelisk hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. O25 is a portrayal of the obelisk. The hieroglyph is commonly used on erected Egyptian obelisks, as there is often a discussion of the event of its erection: a historical event, as well as an accomplishment of the pharaoh, and the Egyptian Kingdom.



The obelisk hieroglyph in the Egyptian language is t(kh)n, and is the identical word with the same spelling (different determinatives), for 'to beat a drum', musician, etc. There are other meanings for 'tekhen', as well. The obelisk is a determinative in the Egyptian language, and the word t(kh)n has multiple spellings, since obelisk construction done over various timeperiods. Some spellings are:

The second spelling uses the shortened variety of the block-of-stone (hieroglyph), as the 2nd determinative.
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t(kh)n Succeeded:by

see: Deshret
(Red Crown)
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See also

Obelisks had hieroglyphics engraved on them. This is because they wanted to honor pharaohs. They also wanted to honor the Gods.


  1. ^ Budge, 1978, (1920), An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, section t, p. 843b.
  • Budge, 1978, (1920). An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1978, (c 1920), Dover edition, 1978. (In two volumes, 1314 pp, and cliv-(154) pp.) (softcover, ISBN:... ...read more
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