Usually drawn or carved like this:
Also found in this variant form:
This hieroglyph was used in ancient Egyptian writing from the Pyramid Texts of the fifth dynasty (c. 2300 BC) onwards. It is pronounced "weben" and is used to indicate words connected with sunshine, the rising and shining of the sun, something that shines brightly, etc.
A hymn to the sun at dawn, found on coffins of the Middle Kingdom (c. 1900 BC), starts:
"You rise arising, you become becoming..."
For more details see:
Hieroglyphics - The Writings of Ancient Egypt by Maria Betrņ (Abbeville Press, 1996).
Reading Egyptian Art by Richard Wilkinson (Thames and Hudson, 1992).
Middle Egyptian by James Allen (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
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