Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sarasvati hieroglyphs from Charsadda (Bala Hissar)



The reading of a glyph showing three-numeral-strokes as a hieroglyph can be demonstrated from the above seal of Sarasvati civilization. Source: http://tinyurl.com/2s7eaz

The hieroglyphs are: heifer, standard in front, three-numeral-strokes, rim of pot ligatured to water-carrier glyph.

Readings:

Set 1: damr.a 'heifer'; rebus: tam(b)ra 'copper'; kod. 'one horn'; rebus: kod. 'workshop'; kamarsa_la 'pannier'; rebus: kamar 'smith' + sala 'workshop'; sangad.a 'lathe, gimlet, portable furnace'; janga_d.iyo 'guard who accompanies treasure'.

Set 2: kolmo 'three'; rebus: kolami 'smithy, forge'; kand. kan-ka 'rim of jar'; rebus: kan.d. 'fire altar, furnace' + khanaka 'mine'; kut.i 'female water-carrier'; rebus: kut.hi 'smelter furnace for ore'.

The sets of hieroglyphs thus, constitute a calling card of a smith-miner who has a mine-pit-mouth smelter and a smithy/forge to work with copper ores and metal.

Similar depiction of the glyph of three numeral strokes occurs in the following instance of a figurine from Charsadda (Bala Hissar).


http://www.scribd.com/doc/2326987/charsadda Sarasvati hieroglyphs from Charsadda (Bala Hissar)

Read this doc on Scribd: charsadda

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