Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

This is a pictograph of a gate, which has been deliberately set at an angle by the artist. Adjacent to the gate is a lifting device. The gate can be raised or lowered. Hence, it can be determined that this Indus symbol is a pictograph of a flow gate.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Lothal: Seal: L-86 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 258: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


There is only one extant example of this Indus sign.


This gate was probably used to control the level of water in the tidal dock at Lothal.

Image Credit:

Flow Gate: Lynn Fawcett, 2017.