[INDOLOGY] Chinkara (a gazelle)

John Huntington john.darumadera at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 18:27:42 UTC 2019

Dear list members,

I am working on a very modest terminology and illustrated list of animals
that occur in Buddhism. Unfortunately one, the Chinkara a (small gazelle)
which repeatedly appears to either side of the Dharmachakra in most
sculptures oof the first turning, does not appear to have a verifiable
Sanskrit name. In essence, it is the "deer" of the 'deer park' translation
of "mṛgadava."

The creature depicted does not (or *very* rarely) has branched antlers (a
deer characteristic) but gently curving horns which it does not shed (an
antelope gazelle characteristic).

My sincere appreciation for any help or references.

Best to all


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