Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
This pictograph of a rather elementary stupa has a base of five graduated tiers, round bumpa, and a simple stem as the upper element. Probably dating to the early Buddhist period, it cannot be determined if this is a Bon or Buddhist example of the monument. At this juncture, we simply do not know enough about the archaeology and historical development of early shrines and stupas to positively identify or accurately date them.
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