Description: A span of oxen with a plough, which is held by a man, standing, bent forward, and with another man, standing, bent forward, holding a stick in his right hand, as if to strike, with the left arm hanging beside the body, behind the plough, between the span of oxen and the man holding the plough.
Category: Men and their occupations [Gardiner A]
Basic Form: full quadrat
Tag: armed characterbentbovidcowholding stickmanoxploughstandingwith animals
Type: composite
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Polis, Stéphane (2022), Comment fonctionne l'écriture hiéroglyphique. In Polis, Stéphane (ed.), Guide des écritures de l'Égypte ancienne, 42-49., p. 45, Polis proposes the 'maximal' reading skꜣ m ḥtr.wy (m) hb m tp rmṯ.w “(j’étais quelqu’un) qui labourait à l’aide d’un attelage de bœufs et d’une charrue (agissant) comme premier des hommes” for the occurrence of the on the stela Chicago, ISAC Museum, E16956, l. 6-7.
Seyr, Ph. (2023), Graphetic compounding in the First Intermediate Period: the micro-history of [hiero] ḥtr.wy "span" and the process of sign decomposition. Hieroglyphs 1, 149-183, p. 159-163, 171-173
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edited by Université de Liège and Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Creator: J. Grotenhuis
Editor(s): J. Grotenhuis
pictogram (1 function(s))
Phonetic value Semantic value Use
ḥtr.wy span regular


skꜣ m ḥb (m) ḥtr (m) tp m rmṯ, sqd m dp.t=f
who plows with a plough, (with) a yoke of oxen, (as) the first of men, who travels in his boat.
1st Intermediate Period

s(kꜣ=j) m ḥtr.wy=j ḏꜣ(=j) n jwy m dp.t=j
(I) pl(oughed) with my span, I crossed over for the boatless in my boat.
9th/10th Dynasties
Creator: J. Grotenhuis
Editor(s): J. Grotenhuis, Ph. Seyr

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