Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This is a composite Indus sign, in which the symbol for each farm is combined with the verb to forecast. Hence, it translates as 'forecast for all farms'.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Lothal: Seal: L-110 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 265: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


There is only one extant example of this sign in the corpus of Indus inscriptions.


In inscription L-110, the field element of this symbol is scaled to almost full character height, which indicates that the correct interpretation is land, rather than a landmark, which would have been drawn to a smaller scale.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 248: Sign List of the Indus Script: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.