Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This symbol can be likened to the verb collect or gather. However, in this ideograph, things are being dropped into a container with a pointed base. This suggests some form of selection, because only smaller items could fit into the pointed end of the container. Hence, Mahadevan's sign number 9102 is the verb to select.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Harappa: Tablet in bas-relief: H-1994 A: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 273: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 9102: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.