Image: Lynn Fawcett
Image: Lynn Fawcett

This is a pictograph of a wine vessel. The vessel has a handle and a spout, and sits on tripod feet. It was a ritual vessel used to pour a libation. Hence, it is an ideograph for the noun libation.

Illustrative Text Reference:

Mohenjo-daro: Seal: M-402 a: Jagat Pati Joshi and Asko Parpola, 1987: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 1: Page 97: Collections in India: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia.


There is only one extant example of this Indus sign.


Inscription M-402 is interesting because it refers to a summer festival in honour of Ishtar.

Image Credit:

Tripod Wine Vessel: Lynn Fawcett, 2018.