Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

Mahadevan's sign number 172 is made up of two opposing standards. Hence, it is an ideograph for the noun competition.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Kalibangan: Tablet in bas-relief: K-69 A: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 312: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Tablet K-69 may have been a token, which allowed entry to a tournament. The addition of a sloping line underneath the verb to follow in inscription K-69, suggests that the spectator would have had a prime position on a slope.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 172: Sign List of the Indus Script: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.