This is an evocative example of the horned eagle or khyung, a mythological bird that holds a seminal position in the Bon religion. The khyung is a protective spirit, mountain and clan deity, and a tutelary figure of lamas and spirit-mediums. This is a typical frontal depiction of the bird, wings partly spread and head turned sideways. Above the khyung a crescent (an important early symbol often depicted with the sun) is visible and below the khyung the head of another bird. Pre-Buddhist period.