Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
The framed Bon swastika on the left may have originally been used as a buckle for tying unbound stacks of Tibet scriptures. It dates to the early Buddhist period. The clockwise swastika is a Buddhist object. It has a large ring on the reverse side for attachment. It was possibly used as a political or military badge. This object may postdate the early Buddhist period.
all text & images © John Vincent Bellezza