Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

In this Indus sign, a pictograph of a pack has been used to portray a small area which forms the target. Then, the arrow is seen to touch the target. Hence, this is an ideograph for the verb to strike.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Allahdino: Seal: Ad-6 A (NB. The inscription would be the mirrored image of that seen in photograph Ad-6 A): Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 388: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


A pack would often have been wrapped in hide in order to protect the contents during transport. Therefore, the pack symbol is associated with hide. In inscription Ad-6, a drum skin is struck. The drum skin would have been made from hide.

Image Credit:

To Strike: Lynn Fawcett, 2017.