Egyptian Hieroglyph Man with a Laptop

Marius Spix via Unicode unicode at
Wed Feb 12 13:38:23 CST 2020

That is a pretty interesting finding. This glyph was not part of
but has been first seen in

The only "evidence" for this glyph I could find, is a stock photo,
which is clearly made in the 21th century.

I know, that some font creators include so-called trap characters,
similar to trap streets which are often found in maps to catch copyright
violations. But it is also possible that the someone wanted to smuggle
an easter-egg into Unicode or just test if the quality assurance works.

In my opinion, this is an invalid character, which should not be
included in Unicode.

On Thu, 12 Feb 2020 19:12:14 +0100
Frédéric Grosshans via Unicode <unicode at> wrote:

> Dear Unicode list members (CC Michel Suignard),
>    the Unicode proposal L2/20-068 
> <>, 
> “Revised draft for the encoding of an extended Egyptian Hieroglyphs 
> repertoire, Groups A to N” ( 
> ) by 
> Michel Suignard contains a very interesting hieroglyph at position 
> *U+13579 EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH A-12-054, which seems to represent a man 
> with a laptop, as can be obvious in the attached image.
>    I am curious about the source of this hieroglyph: in the table 
> acompannying the document, its sources are said to be “Hieroglyphica 
> extension (various sources)” with number A58C and “Hornung & Schenkel 
> (2007, last modified in 2015)”, but with no number (A;), which seems 
> unique in the table. It leads me to think this glyph only exist in
> some modern font, either as a joke, or for some computer related
> modern use. Can anyone infirm or confirm this intuition ?
>     Frédéric

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