Early indication of the Arabian Horse in Oman.


Arabian-Horse-Rock-ArtOn the above image: note the horse lower left with the classic characteristic of the tail being held high.

From Wikipedia:

Arabians are one of the oldest human-developed horse breeds in the world. The progenitor stock, the Oriental subtype or “Proto-Arabian” was a horse with oriental characteristics similar to the modern Arabian. Horses with these features appeared in rock paintings and inscriptions in the Arabian Peninsula as far back as 2500 BC. In ancient history throughout the Ancient Near East, horses with refined heads and high-carried tails were depicted in artwork, particularly that of Ancient Egypt in the 16th century BC.

6 thoughts on “Early indication of the Arabian Horse in Oman.

  1. I love rock art. I wonder if the fine lines are scratched in as part of he designs, or are later additions.

    Is that an early indication of offshore drilling platforms in the upper left of the top image?

    1. This is the problem with any rock art in this part of the world that is near ‘civilisation’ it got/gets vandalised. first due the cultural sensitivities over the last 1400 or so years (No images….) and now the equivalent of Kilroy was here (not educated about its significance: see former reason) The other problem is that it is not high profile; no names can be made is my cynical thought.
      Pro; Majeed Khan & his team from Saudi has helped increase its profile. Research was done in the 70’s here in Oman, but very little since.
      All the books I have on the subject almost always bring up the problem of dating – relatively easy deep in a cave but out in the open…..? I tend to look at rock erosion along with subject matter, but even that has its problems.
      Sorry, another long answer: The fine lines are almost certainly drawn by village children, although some tourists have had a go as well, at other sites with (T loves J 1999 etc.)


      1. Hi David,
        The vandalism is an age-old problem (I am thinking of all the Roman graffiti carved into pre-Roman monuments around the Mediterranean) and I am not sure it is related solely to education. We get a lot of it here – some is ignorance, some is willful anti-Native destruction, much is just a “so what?” attitude – the latter are the same people that would pick a bit of paint off the Mona Lisa as a souvenir. They know it’s significant, they just don’t care about the harm they do, and lack sufficient imagination to predict cumulative effects. It can be depressing.
        Someone needs to do some time-lapse photography of a disposable old painting receiving a thousand thoughtless hits from these kinds of people. (That actually would be an interesting project).

        1. Having a dispassionate view of the problem, yes you are absolutely right.
          The time-lapse sounds an excellent idea 🙂


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