Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

History - No Horsing Around: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

History - No Horsing Around: Resources

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Saddle up for an exhibition that explores equine history.

There is a potentially great quiz question at the heart of The Horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot, the latest exhibition at the British Museum: what links the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Arabian? The answer is that all modern British thoroughbred horses in the UK today can trace their ancestry back to these three 18th-century stallions.

The exhibition traces the importance of the horse in the Ancient Near East: the source ultimately of the prized Arabians - famed for their stamina, endurance, tranquil temperament and beauty - that have so enriched our own more recent equine history.

Key exhibits include a 2000BC Babylonian plaque featuring one of the earliest known depictions of horse riding; fabulous 2,800-year-old Assyrian wall reliefs showing horse-drawn chariots in lion and bull hunts; and exquisite 17th-century Mughal watercolours (pictured above).

The British Museum is providing an educational programme alongside the exhibition. …

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