Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This is a pictograph of two bundles strapped to a zip line. It is the verb to restrain or control. The symbol can be likened to the Chinese character shù 束.

Illustrative Text References:

Lothal: Seal impression: L-143 A: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 272: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Nadine Zubair, 2016: Dholavira and Its Mysterious Signboard: Image: The Ten Symbols of the Dholavira Signboard: Accessed: 3 October 2018.


It is interesting to note that Asko Parpola lists 29 Indus signs that he classifies as variants of this Indus character¹. However, it should not be assumed that all of the symbols in Parpola's list carry the same meaning. An analysis of the symbols in Parpola's list is beyond the scope of this dictionary.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 1244: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.


1. Sign number 116: National Fund for Mohenjodaro: Corpus by Asko Parpola: A sign list of the Indus Script: Asko Parpola (Deciphering the Indus Script): Accessed: 21 July 2018.