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Q. With reference to the art of writing in the Indus valley civilization, which one of the following statements is correct?

  1. The Indus valley people were unaware about the art of writing.

  2. The Indus valley people followed Brahmi script.

  3. The Indus valley script is in the form of short pictographic inscriptions.

  4. The Indus valley script was written from left to right.


Solution

The correct option is C
The Indus valley script is in the form of short pictographic inscriptions.

Explanation:

The Indus valley people were aware about the art of writing.The Harappan writing has been found on variety of objects like the seals, copper tools, rims of jars, copper and terracotta tablets, jewellery, bone rods etc.The script is in the pictographic form with short inscriptions.But it is not deciphered yet.Though the script remains undeciphered to date, it was evidently not alphabetical (where each sign stands for a vowel or a consonant) as it has just too many signs – somewhere between 375 and 400. It is apparent that the script was written from right to left as some seals show a wider spacing on the right and cramping on the left, as if the engraver began working from the right and then ran out of space.

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