Horned Viper - 4- legged variation

Can anyone offer any more information about the 4-legged Horned Viper glyph, I-96?

Is this a custom glyph made in modern times, or does it actually occur in any ancient text?

Also, any idea what it means and whether it has the same "f" phonetic value?

Thanks SO much!


Sign I96

I must admit that after a quick search, I have some doubts. The HIeroglyphica contains exactly the shape you found for I96 and I136. I searched in the "Valeurs phonetiques", and found only two very similar signs (Volume I, p. 201, signs 1051 and 1053), with refs. Junker, Abaton p. 84, Bénédite, Philae, p. 63, 7; 119 5 and 7. The equivalent of I136 is documented in Sauneron, BIFAO 62, 1964, p. 17 (which is available on the web on the IFAO site).

Those signs have value "jnḏ", but the snake looks like a I9 without horns. In fact, it's probably to be understood more as a I10.
A look at the original "Manuel de Codage" book (which shows glyphs from various sources, mainly lead fonts from the XIXth and XXth century printer shop before computerized hieroglyphs, plus handwritten hieroglyphs from the WB archives), seems to indicate that indeed the I96 and I136 signs should not have horns.

When going from the original MdC description to the hieroglyphica computer font, the sign was probably thought to be an "I9 on legs", as it looks like one. The JSesh glyph form was, as usually for most composed signs, created on the basis of the Hieroglyphica, which only gives a picture of the sign.

It definitely shows that computer hieroglyphic fonts should be documented, and the sign described, to avoid such problems.

Anyway, thanks for pointing out this sign... I will correct them in the next version of JSesh.

Serge Rosmorduc