Four words for “pot” are highlighted in the drawing of the Linear A text known as Hagia Triada 31, lower left. In each case, the word consists of a combination of syllables and a pictograph of a pot. In the second line, on the right, the two small symbols above the pot are the syllables su
. To the left, two other syllables read qa
, the ladderlike symbol, is repeated in the last two pictographs, which read ka-ro-pa
(line 3) and su-pu-ra
(line 5). Cyrus Gordon believes that each of these words is Semitic.
In the drawing at right, ku-ro, the Linear A word for “total,” appears in the last line, before the six marks that indicate “six.” Ku-ro appears frequently at the end of administrative tablets, and Gordon believes it derives from the Semitic kull (Linear A does not distinguish between l and r). In the drawing at top, the two symbols between the two vertical lines, which serve as word dividers, read ya-ne; the symbols appear on a wine jar discovered on Crete and are related, in Gordon’s view, to yayin, the Hebrew word for wine.