Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This is the verb to drive, but with mirrored orientation. An antonym of drive is to slow. Hence, the mirrored version of Mahadevan's sign number 1096 is an ideograph for the verb to brake or to slow.


Sample Text References:

Lothal: Seal: L-5 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 239: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

 

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-198 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 53: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

Comment:

In both inscription L-5 and inscription M-198, the verb to brake is followed by the verb to drive. This gives us the expression stop start. In M-198, it is used to describe the process of bartering.


Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 1096 (mirrored): List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.