Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

If you repeat the pictograph of a stream, the quantity of flowing water is doubled. Hence, this is an ideograph for the noun river. The symbol shares a common root with the Chinese character kuài 巜.


Illustrative Text References:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-890 a: Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 84: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

 

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-1179 a: Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 137: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 2706: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.