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On an impressive rock-cut panel at Mammalapuram in Tamil Nadu an assemblage of animals is advancing towards a cleft in the rock. The wild animals that are depicted in Indian stone sculpture are often unrealistic, lacking the characteristic details of the species or showing a mixture of the features of two different species, which makes it difficult to identify them properly. The most unrealistic mammal sculptures can be found among the many lion sculptures. A good number of these sculptures is realistic, mainly those from northern India and Pakistan and the east and west coasts of peninsular India and in Sri Lanka. The horse sculptures reveal the presence of a small, pony-sized horse in the last centuries before the Common Era, which gradually got replaced, as far as stone sculpture is concerned, by a somewhat larger horse.

Keywords: horse sculptures; Indian stone sculpture; mammal sculptures; wild animals



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