This is the basic pictograph of the upper torso and arms, with the addition of a stylised right hand. The hand is shown in profile. The right hand is associated with correct or proper conduct. Hence, this is an ideograph for the noun rules.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-1919 a: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 81: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


There is only one extant example of this Indus sign. Seal M-1919 is damaged. The inscription is incomplete.


The motif on seal M-1919 is a scene, which includes a tiger with horns, a partly human hybrid female with horns and a tail, and a tree. My interpretation of the motif is that the tiger represents an irate carter. The carter is being restrained by a female authority figure who enforces the rules of the road. The tree motif is common to several Indus seals, and the feathery outline of the tiger's horns matches that of the tree's leaves. It is therefore likely that the tree represents an organisation or a place.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 227: Sign List of the Indus Script: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.