ploughing horse / 鋤を曳く馬

January 10, 2014

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17 January 1994, Sweden
North Sweden Horses
designer: L. Hasselberg
engraver: L. Sjööblom

About 6000 years ago, the ancient people started to domesticate horses.  Around 10th century in Europe, people started to use horse powered plough and that helped to speed up cultivation.  Until the tractors were invented in 19th century, horses provided power for agriculture and supported increasing population on the earth.

North Swedish horses have long mane and gentle eyes in these stamps.

およそ6000年前ごろに、馬が家畜化されはじめたようです。そして中国で発明された金属製の鋤(すき)と中東の遊牧民が考案した頸輪(くびわ)が10世紀ごろヨーロッパに伝わり、馬を使って畑を耕すスピードがぐんと上がり、穀物の収穫が増えて多くの人口を支えられるようになった。19世紀にエンジンを搭載したトラクターが登場するまで、馬は重要な動力源だったのですね。

北スウェーデンの馬はタテガミがふさふさで、優しい目をしています。

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