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Panthera Tigris, the tiger

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The tiger is a large cat with a body length of 2.6-2.9 m, about the same size as a lion. The most characteristic feature of the tiger is its coat pattern consisting of many black stripes against a lighter, golden-reddish background. There are two types of tiger sculptures. Firstly, the depictions of entire tigers as they are, and secondly, depictions of tiger parts only. The first type is mainly restricted to seals found at Mohenjo-daro in the Indus valley, Pakistan (2,300-1,750 B.C.E.). A most interesting seal is that with the yogi-like figure, often called Pashupati or Lord of the Beast, on which a tiger figures. The second type of tiger sculptures figures either tiger claws or nails as seen in the form of necklace pendants on youthful divinities such as Balagopala, young Krishna and Kumara, or a tiger skin, worn by ascetic deities.

Keywords: Mohenjo-daro; Panthera Tigris; stone sculptures; tiger; yogi-like figure



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