Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

In this ideograph, a pair of stylised hands is added to the upper torso and arms. The hands are folded with the thumbs protuding. This tells us that something is being gripped. The symbol has a further cupped hand with a bent arm, indicating movement. Therefore, Mahadevan's sign number 2469 is the verb to pull.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-1751 a: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 40: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 2469: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.