Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
These three thokcha khyung probably date to the early Buddhist period. They are readily recognizable by their horns and fully spread wings. The khyung is one of the most popular deistic thokcha designs. The three specimens shown here were manufactured in different copper alloys and with considerable stylistic variation. Nevertheless, their distinguishing features are the same as those depicted in the rock art.
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