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Capra Sibrica, the asiatic ibex

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The ibex is a wild goat with rather massive built and impressive horns. Stone sculptures of the wild goats and tahrs are extremely rare. The early examples come from the western Himalayas and from the downstream plain of the Indus river in the same region. A possible tahr sculpture originates from Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. The lack of stone sculptures of wild goats and tahrs is most probably due to their limited distribution. Furthermore, wild goats and tahrs play no role in mythology or religion, apart from their auspicious horns. A religious role may have been attributed to both markhor and ibex during the Harappa period in the Indus Valley, Pakistan, as far as can be concluded from unidentified scenes on steatite seals.

Keywords: asiatic ibex; Capra Sibrica; religious role; stone sculptures; tahrs; wild goats



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