Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

This Indus symbol is a porter carrying sacks. The composition of the symbol is interesting. Firstly, there are two legs, which tell us that this is a human being. Then, we add a trunk, which is useful for joining things together. The head of a person in an Indus sign may give us information about who they are. In this instance, the head is replaced by two arms with two hands. Each hand points downwards as if holding a sack. Lastly, there are two sacks. Thus, the symbol includes all of the key indicators that we need to understand exactly what the person was doing, and that this is the noun carrier.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Tablet in bas-relief: M-1419 A: Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Asko Parpola, 1991: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 2: Page 191: Collections in Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.

Image Credit:

Porter Carrying Sacks: Lynn Fawcett, 2017.