Egyptian hieroglyphs and symbols

eye of horus explanation, the Egyptian eye and hieroglyphs painting


I have a new “arts adventure” posted on the site, featuring unusual art in the front window of a dry cleaner in Maplewood, NJ, including the Egyptian eye and hieroglyphs painting, seen below left.

I tried doing a little research online, looking at hieroglyph charts and translators, and found the following “translations,” so to speak … but it still doesn’t mean much to me. The “wadjat eye,” symbolizing the Eye of Horus, is a concept and symbol in ancient Egyptian religion that represents well-being, healing, and protection. It comes from the mythical conflict between the god Horus with his rival Set, and without going into too much detail in this post, you can read more about it here. But back to the task at hand, in trying to understand this painting, if we have an eye suggesting well-being, then we have a loaf, two reeds, and a ripple of water, what exactly does that mean? Or an eye with the letters T, Y and N? Maybe the sense of well-being comes from having food – the loaf – and water; but what do the reeds have anything to do with it? If there are any Egyptologists out there who better understand hieroglyphics, please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Egyptian hieroglyphs symbols
A painting in Maplewood, NJ, at left, and an attempt to translate the symbols, at right. Can you help us make sense of this?

An update on the eye of horus and the Egyptian hieroglyphs and symbols

I learned some new and interesting facts about the eye of horus and the Egyptian hieroglyphs and symbols. Here are some of them:

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