is a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphs
used during the 1st Dynasty (c. 2925 BC-c. 2775 BC). Hieratic script was almost always written in ink
with a reed pen on papyrus
. After about 660 BC
, the demotic
script replaced hieratic in most secular writings, but hieratic continued to be used by priests for several more centuries.
See also: Coptic alphabet