Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This is a pictograph of two structures joined at an angle. Hence, it is an ideograph for the noun corner.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Copper Tablet: Vs2028 (NB. This is a drawing not a photograph.): Sir John Marshall, 1931: Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus Civilization....being an official account of the archaeological excavations.....carried out by the Government of India between the years 1922 and 1927: Volume III, Plate: CXVII: Arthur Probsthain.


Michael Jansen states that most of the bathing platforms, inside the houses at Mohenjo-daro, sloped towards a corner, from where the waste water passed to an outside drain or catchment vessel¹. It therefore, seems likely that this is the corner that was referred to in inscription Vs 2028.

Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 1711: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.


1. Mohenjo-Daro, Indus Valley Civilization: Water Supply and Water Use in One of the Largest Bronze Age Cities of the Third Millenium BC: Michael Jansen, 2013: A History of Water, Page 60: Accessed: 15 October 2019.