Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

In this symbol, the verb to wrap is combined with a point of light. The point of light marks the transition from night to day at the summer solstice, when the sun rises in the northeast. For the northern hemisphere, this is the most northerly, and also the earliest sunrise. Hence, Mahadevan's sign number 288 is an ideograph for the noun first light.


Illustrative Text References:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-677 a: Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 35: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

 

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-1316 a: Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 168: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 288: Sign List of the Indus Script: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.