Serabit sphinx with Proto-Sinaitic inscription

Description

About 3,800 years ago in Egypt, a group of migrants modified hieroglyphs to their own language, using them as letters to represent individual sounds. 

This small sphinx preserves one of the oldest examples of this new system on its base. It includes an ox-head – the earliest representation of what was to become the letter ‘A’.

Full title:
Serabit sphinx with Proto-Sinaitic inscription
Created:
1800 BC, Sinai, Egypt
Format:
Figure
Language:
Ancient Egyptian
Copyright:
© Trustees of the British Museum
Usage terms
Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike licence
Held by
The British Museum
Shelfmark:
EA41748

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