A collection of inscribed objects found along the main street leading to the southern gateway of Mound E at Harappa. The fragmentary seal on the left is the earliest seal found to date, and depicts a bovine carved in a very archaic style.
Ancient Indus Valley civilization seals
[Original 1931 text] We have certain proof in Nos 327-40 and Possibly No. 542, that this type of bull was known in India in very early times. The characteristic hump on the shoulders allows of no doubt whatsoever.
[Original 1931 text] This animal also rarely appears on the seals, Nos. 341-7 being the only examples that we have as yet.
A collection of seals and tablets from a single house along the main street leading to the southern gateway of Mound E at Harappa.
Long rectangular seals and a terra cotta sealing (bottom) with Indus script. The top seal has seven signs of Indus script. The back of this seal is convex and it is perforated from the side.
Terracotta sealing from Mohenjo-daro depicting a collection of animals and some script symbols. This sealing may have been used in specific rituals as a narrative token that tells the story of an important myth.
This silver seal with a unicorn motif is one of two found at Mohenjo-daro. Mackay 1938: Vol. 1, p. 348, Vol. 2, Pl. XC,1; XCVI, 520.
Other animal motifs appearing on seals found primarily at the largest cities include dangerous wild animals like the rhinoceros, the water buffalo, the gharial (crocodile) and the tiger.
This fired steatite button seal from the Kot Dijian Phase (Period 2, 2800-2600 BCE) shows a unique pattern that may be an early form of the Harappan script sign that may represent "house" or "temple."