Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
This handsome pictograph of a horse rearing up with its rider probably dates to the early Buddhist period. The horse was painted with a spotted body, solidly colored rear legs, and well-defined mane and ears. The rider wears a conical hat like those found in the eastern Changthang. Known as an Apahor hat, these were popularly worn by shepherds until the Chinese Communist period.
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