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Muntiacus Muntjak, the indian muntjac

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The Indian muntjac is a small deer with a shoulder height of only 0.5-0.7 m. Muntjacs are common in the dense forests from the foothills of the Himalaya to the forests of South India, including Sri Lanka. They prefer thick forests with outskirts and open clearings. Sculptures of muntjacs are extremely rare, likely due to the shy nature of this deer, its solitary life style, its preference for dense forests and the fact that it is not linked to any divinity. Examples of muntjac carvings are found at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, and on a pedestal of Revanta, the Hindu god of hunting, from Bihar.

Keywords: Bihar; Indian muntjac; Madhya Pradesh; Muntiacus Muntjak; stone sculptures



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