Egyptian stela with hymn to Osiris


This limestone stela shows classical hieroglyphs from 3,600 years ago. It contains a hymn to the god of the netherworld, Osiris, and is currently the oldest object in the British Library collection.

Hieroglyphic writing in Egypt began 5,000 years ago. It is a mixed system of signs for individual sounds, syllables or words.

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Egyptian stela with hymn to Osiris
c. 1600 BC, Abydos, Egypt
Limestone stela
Ancient Egyptian
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Public Domain
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British Library
Talbot Stela 6

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