Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

In the centre of the character area is a pictograph of a man wielding a stick or goad. A point of light has been added at each of the cardinal points, which signifies that the statement is true everywhere. Hence, we can infer that there are no restrictions on where the man is allowed to use his goad.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Harappa: Tablet: H-1768 A: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 252: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Weapons were not normally allowed inside the town of Harappa. Tablet H-1768 may have been a token which gave the carter permission to carry his goad anywhere within the city walls.

Image Credit:

Man Wielding a Stick: Lynn Fawcett, 2018.