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Capra Hircus, the domestic goat

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Domestic goats are by definition found in association with humans. They can be kept at much more barren and cold environments than sheep. Goats are principally browsers, contrarily to sheep, which are grazers. One of the earliest goat sculptures dates back to the second century B.C.E. in the form of a decorative relief. The goat has upright ears on this relief. The somewhat later reliefs at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh figure goats as riding animals; now the ears are pendulous; the horns vary in shape, and a female goat is hornless. Goats figure further in a few narrative reliefs from Greater Gandhara, for example in a scene with a cart race and in Mara's attack. The goat-headed Jain god Naigamesha is hardly depicted, seemingly restricted to northern India. The goat-headed Daksha, father of the Hindu goddess Sati seems not to be depicted at all in stone.

Keywords: Capra Hircus; decorative relief; domestic goat; narrative reliefs; riding animals; stone sculptures



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