Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This ideograph is a repetition of the noun span with a track stretched between the two signs. A track that people travel along with the arms is a rope. Hence, this symbol depicts the activity of climbing. It is the verb to climb or the adjective climbing.


Illustrative Text References:

Harappa: Seal: H-37 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 177: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

 

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-26 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 15: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

Comment:

In each of the sample texts, the symbol is used as an adjective to describe the equipment.


Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 2074: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.