Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
The identification of this petroglyph as a deer is unmistakable.
There is no other animal in Tibet and the Himalaya with antlers. This
well executed pre-Buddhist engraving has elaborate body ornamentation
consisting of interconnected volutes. Although deer are now extinct
from nearly all areas of Upper Tibet, they occupy a substantial place
in many rock art theatres.
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