tp(Lemma ID 170860)


Hieroglyphic spelling: 𓁶𓏤

Persistent ID: 170860
Persistent URL:

Lemma list: Hieroglyphic/hieratic

Word class: common noun (masc.)


de Kopf
en head; beginning (of a region)
fr tête

Attestation in the TLA text corpus

Attestation time frame in the TLA text corpus: from 2445 BCE to 324 CE


  • Wb 5, 263.3-265.10

External references

Legacy TLA 170860
Projet Karnak 292
Digitalisiertes Zettelarchiv 170860


For arguments for a reading of 𓁶 as dp (i.e., Schenkel system ṭp), not tp, in Earlier and Late Egyptian, see Daniel A. Werning. 2004. The Sound Values of the Signs Gardiner D1 (Head) and T8 (Dagger). in: Lingua Aegyptia 12, pp. 183–203. DOI:
Building on this research, arguments may point to an earlier, (Pre-?)Old Egyptian development ḏp > dp (Schenkel č̣p > ṭp); see Carsten Peust. 2006. Nochmals zur Lesung der Kopf-Hieroglyphe. Göttinger Miszellen 208, pp.7–8. DOI:
S.D. Schweitzer argued for the traditional tp in: Simon D. Schweitzer. 2011. Zum Lautwert einiger Hieroglyphen. Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 138, pp. 132–149.
For pragmatic reasons, the TLA currently keeps the traditional transliteration tp.

Commentary author: Daniel A. Werning; Data file created: 10/04/2022, latest revision: 10/04/2022

Editor(s): Altägyptisches Wörterbuch; with contributions by: Simon D. Schweitzer, Lisa Seelau
Data file created: before June 2015 (1992–2015), latest revision: 12/18/2019
Editorial state: Verified

Please cite as:

(Full citation)
"tp" (Lemma ID 170860) <>, edited by Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, with contributions by Simon D. Schweitzer, Lisa Seelau, in: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae, Corpus issue 18, Web app version 2.1.2, 11/24/2023, ed. by Tonio Sebastian Richter & Daniel A. Werning on behalf of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert & Peter Dils on behalf of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig (accessed: xx.xx.20xx)
(Short citation), in: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (accessed: xx.xx.20xx)