Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

This is a composite character, set in a vertical column, which should be read from top to bottom. It reads: point out, shade, carriage.

The composition also yields a simple pictograph of the body of a carriage covered by a canopy.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Dholavira: Seal: SI. Number: 173: Acc. Number: 49038 (NB. The photograph is of the seal. Therefore, the inscription would be the mirrored image of that seen in the photograph.): R.S. Bisht, 2015: 8.2.3 Details of Individual Seals: Excavations at Dholavira (1989-90 to 2004-2005), p. 297: Accessed: 16 November, 2018.


It is interesting that the scribe has chosen to emphasise the offer of shade, which at latitude 24 degrees north would have been an important selling point.

Image Credit:

Canopied Carriage: Lynn Fawcett, 2020.