Square seal

On display

Indus seals were commonly used to mark bundles of trade goods. This well-known type shows a one-horned bovine animal before a ritual offering stand, with characters in the undeciphered Indus script.

Details

  • Title

    Square seal

  • Associated place

    Harappa (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 2000 BC
  • Material and technique

    steatite, glazed

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    2.3 x 2.3 x 0.6 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Purchased, 1956.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA2009.6

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Further reading

Ahuja, Naman, Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018), no. 11.2

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