Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

In this Indus sign, the adult person holds both the body of a cart and a pack.  This indicates that he handles shipments of varying sizes. The modern equivalent might be a less-than-truckload shipper.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Harappa: Stone Object: H-1506 A: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 202: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


There is only one extant example of this Indus sign.


In inscription H-1506, a dot of emptiness is placed above a full character height version of Mahadevan's sign number 33.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 33: Sign List of the Indus Script: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.