Image: Iravatham Mahadevan
Image: Iravatham Mahadevan

This is the symbol for area with the addition of a line which represents a third dimension. Hence, it is an ideograph for a cuboid.

A cuboid was a measure of capacity. It can be likened to the Mesopotamian gur.

In this instance, the cuboid is divided into three Indus units.


Illustrative Text Reference:

Harappa: Stone Object: H-1506 A: Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande, and Petteri Koskikallio, 2010: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3,1: Page 202: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


Image Credit:

Indus Script Sign Number 1463: List of Sign Variants: Iravatham Mahadevan, 1977: The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables: The Director General Archaeological Survey of India.