Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seal find from Afghanistan showing a spearing motif


Olaf Sprenger has reported (September 2008) a new seal find from Afghanistan showing the unique yet recurring motif of a person kicking and spearing a bison (bull):
http://www.seal-collector.de/pageID_4545804_4.html

See large image at http://www.seal-collector.de/mediapool/54/540878/images/seal-collector/Bullfight1.JPG

The mleccha reading of the motif is as follows:
Mlecchita vikalpa (cryptography): kolsa = to kick the foot forward (Santali) kola = killing (Te.)
Mleccha (words from Sarasvati civilization linguistic area) Rebus: kol = metal; pancaloha (Ta.) kol, kolhe, ‘the koles, an aboriginal tribe if iron smelters speaking a language akin to that of Santals’ (Santali) kol = kollan-, kamma_l.an- (blacksmith or smith in general)(Ta.lex.) kollar = those who guard the treasure (Ta.lex.) cf. golla (Telugu) khol, kholi_ = a metal covering; a loose covering of metal or cloth (G.)
I do not know how to interpret the pair of rectangles. The slightly atrophied sign 'claws of crab' can be read.
claws of crab: kakr.a_; cf. karkat.i_ 'female crab' (Skt.) rebus: kangar 'furnace' (Kashmiri).

The seal can thus be identified as denoting the furnace (kangar) of a smelter (kolhe).

Kalyanaraman
12 Sept. 2008

Spearing a buffalo/bull/bison: a Sarasvati hieroglyptic composition http://www.scribd.com/doc/5989643/Spearing-a-Buffalo

Read this document on Scribd: Spearing a Buffalo