Seals

Ancient Indus Valley civilization seals

The Unicorn

If the figure does represent a cattle species, the clearly carved collar, garland and necklace could help explain its function. Sacrificial animals in village India are often garlanded and decorated similarly today.

Boss

Mackay writes that most of the bosses on the backs of seals had the same size and shape. The perforation always runs in the direction of the animal's body, to help keep the seal upright when worn around the neck.

The boss is centered on the back and

Back of Seal

Mackay continues (p. 377 in Marshall 1931):

"The boss was then carefully rounded off after the groove that always runs across its centre had been roughly made by a V-shaped cut.

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