Harappan - GS questions based on daily current affairs

1)   The largest number of seals at Harappan sites depict

a. Humped bull
b. Unicorn
c. Pasupati (proto-Shiva)
d. Cow
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Unicorn

The largest number of seals depict unicorn which is perhaps mythical. But the most artistic depictions are the figures of humped bull.

2)   Which of the following animals are not found depicted on the seals found at Harappan culture sites?

1) Cow
2) Horse
3) Camel
4) Chimeras

a. 1, 2 and 3
b. 1 and 2
c. 3 and 4
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1, 2 and 3

There are mythical and composite creatures; e.g. human faced goat or part ram or goat, part bull and part elephant, three-headed chimeras, semi-human semi-bovine creatures. A large number of animal have been depicted on the seals. These include sheep, goat, humped bull, buffalo, elephant, tiger, lion, the gaur or Indian bison, the rhinoceros, a short-horned humpless bull, etc.

3)   The  greatest artistic creations of the Harappan culture are the

a. Pottery
b. Terracotta Figurines
c. Seals
d. Metal sculptures
Answer  Explanation 


More than 2500 seals have been found. These are made of steatite. And a great majority carries short inscriptions with pictures of animals on it. Even gods, goddesses and humans are portrayed on them.