The Indus Script

An essay by Iravatham Mahadevan in response to the studies of Asko Parpola concerning the script and writing system of the Ancient Indus Valley Civilization.

The Indus Script

Fig Indus Tree + Crab Sign as Proto Rudra

'Fig Tree + Crab' Sign: Proto-Rudra

Fig. 4: Fig Tree + Crab Sign and Components

Parpola refers to two sets of copper tablets, both with the same inscription

The Indus Script

The Indus Squirrel Sign: Title of Murukan

The 'Squirrel' Sign: Title of Murukan

Fig. 3: Bangles and Squirrel Sign

Parpola has proposed reading a pair of signs as 'bangles + squirrel' (Fig.III b),

The Indus Script

The Star Rohini


Fig. 2: Modified Fish Signs

The Star Rohini

Parpola starts with the assumption that the 'dot + fish' sign (Fig.II d) occurring in the 'Fig Deity' seal is likely to represent the deity

The Indus Script

Structural Analysis by Parpola

Token or tablet  from Harappa
No attempt at linguistic decipherment of an unknown script can hope to succeed unless it is preceded by a thorough structural analysis of the available inscriptions to

Pages

Subscribe to The Indus Script