Relief of Amenhotep III in his chariot. God Nekhbet (vulture) is depicted hovering with her wings spread above the royal image, clutching an ankh (symbol of life) in her claws. Found in Temple of Merneptah (he used stones and reliefs from the 150 year older nearby Temple of Amenophis III), now in Cairo Museum, Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian scripts used to write Egyptian, an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Egypt until about the 10th century AD. After that it continued to be used as a the liturgical language of Egyptian Christians, the Copts, in the form of Coptic. These glyphs alone could be used to write Ancient Egyptian and represent the first alphabet ever divised. In practice, they were rarely used in the fashion. (...)