Domestication of elephant
Allen W Thrasher
athr at LOC.GOV
Tue Dec 27 16:12:01 UTC 2005
Might the Harappan "feeding trough" indicate at least that the animals were captured though not tamed? Is there anything to indicate a stockade around them?
Didn't Chandragupta make a gift of elephants to Seleucus? I think I remember that Porus's army against Alexander a generation earlier contained elephants, but am not sure. It should be easy to check out.
>>> yavass at MAIL.RU 12/27/05 7:12 AM >>>
as far as I know the earliest artistic *representation* of the domesticated elephant (a chakravartin's elephant)is on the Indian "rattle-mirror"
from a royal burial of Scythian Pazyryk archeological culture in the Altai mountains. The mirror is of pre-Mauryan date, approximately
Vth or IVth century BC.
Harappan representations of elephants with a "feeding trough" in front
of the animal's trunk can not be seen as an evidence for domestication
because the trough is usually represented in the same way in front of
tigers, rhynoceroses and other wild animals.
From: Valerie J Roebuck <vjroebuck at MACUNLIMITED.NET>
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 19:46:21 +0000
Subject: Domestication of elephant
> A friend has asked me the following question: when was the elephant
> first domesticated in India? I was sure that someone on this list
> must know something...
> Valerie J Roebuck
> Manchester, UK
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