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
- 1800 BC, Sinai, Egypt
- Ancient Egyptian
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