Seal with Unicorn and Inscription

c. 2000 BCE
Overall: 3.5 x 3.6 cm (1 3/8 x 1 7/16 in.)
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Specialists disagree as to whether single-horned bovines actually lived during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, four thousand years ago.


Indus Valley seals appear to have been hung on a string that passed through a boss on the reverse side. This animal, carved with detailed markings around his neck and forequarters, has his head positioned over an object on a stand that may be interpreted as an altar or brazier or censer; it is not known whether it is for offerings to or sacrifice of the animal.
Seal with Unicorn and Inscription

Seal with Unicorn and Inscription

c. 2000 BCE

Pakistan, Indus Valley civilization

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