Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This ideograph is a voice in a pack. The voice is a sign of habitation. Hence, this is the noun tent.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-90 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 36: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Note the similarity of the way in which the symbols for the noun tent and the noun house are constructed. In fact, there are two groups of Indus symbols which follow the same logical pattern. They are:

Permanent Housing: perimeter wall; house; city, and;

Transient Housing: contour; tent; caravanserai.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 1022: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.