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Equus Hemionus, the khur

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The khur is the indigenous wild horse of the South Asian subcontinent. It is a small to pony-sized horse with a shoulder height of 1-1.42 m. Many small domestic horses share typical features with the wild horses such as a massive, triangular neck, a large head, and large hooves, but the presence of the forelock and in many cases long manes are in favour of the domestic horse. Only the absence of a forelock, and the presence of a tufted tail and large ears strongly indicates a khur. It appears that, apart from the protohistoric terracotta figurines from Lothal in Gujarat, artistic representations of khurs are extremely rare. The only possible examples are provided by early Buddhist reliefs from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and Nagarjunakonda and Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh.

Keywords: artistic representations; early Buddhist reliefs; Equus Hemionus; khur; protohistoric terracotta figurines



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