Domestication of elephant

Ярослав Васильков yavass at MAIL.RU
Tue Dec 27 12:12:36 UTC 2005

Dear Valerie,
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.

Yaroslav Vassilkov   

-----Original Message-----
From: Valerie J Roebuck <vjroebuck at MACUNLIMITED.NET>
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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