Saturday, 9 January 2016

Egyptian numbers

Hieroglyphic Numbers

The Egyptians had a decimal system using seven different symbols.
  • 1 is shown by a single stroke.
  • 10 is shown by a drawing of a hobble for cattle.
  • 100 is represented by a coil of rope.
  • 1,000 a drawing of a lotus plant.
  • 10,000 is represented by a finger.
  • 100,000  a tadpole or frog
  • 1,000,000 figure of a god with arms raised above his head.
    Hieroglyphic Numbers
    Hieroglyphic Numbers

3,244 and 21,237
3,244 and 21,237

Writing numbers is quite simple; the higher number is always written in front of the lower number and where there is more than one row of numbers the reader should start at the top.


  1. Why do Egyptians need so hard numbers? OMG! Who can even think of representing number as a flower?

    1. I guess building those pyramids probably involved some very big numbers!