Hieroglyphs are a form of picture writing. Hieroglyphs can be written right to left, left to right, downwards, or vertically. One would read it according to which way the pictures are facing. More than 2,000 hieroglyphs are used in ancient Egyptian writing. Hieroglyphs can be pictures, symbols for pictures, or symbols for sounds. Hieroglyphs translates into "sacred writing" Egyptians would use cursive hieroglyphs for religious writing on papyrus or wood. Most scholars believe that Hieroglyphs was invented after the Sumerian alphabet, cuneiform.
A section of the " Papyrus Ani". This is a religious document that is written in cursive Hieroglyphs.