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The Horse in Ancient China and Its Cultural Influence in Some Other Areas

Stanley J. Olsen
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Vol. 140, No. 2 (1988), pp. 151-189
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4064940
Page Count: 39
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The Horse in Ancient China and Its Cultural Influence in Some Other Areas
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Abstract

The present paper discusses the fossil ancestry and origins and early domestication of the horse in China and some other areas; association with Homo erectus at Zhoukoudian; the first use for pulling chariots and the Chinese chariot pits; morphological differences in the equid dentitions that allow for taxonomic separation of similar genera and species; comparisons of the Scythian horses of Siberia with early Chinese equids; the first emperor's terra cotta army and its steeds; the various art forms that depict horses, from rock art to later paintings; and the heavenly horses of Emperor Wudi.

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