Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
In this image there are four examples of the horse and rider, a popular thokcha type. The flat cast cup-mold specimen on the bottom left can be confidently assigned to the pre-Buddhist period, while the other three specimens may have been manufactured in the early Buddhist period. All four riders grasp at the reins of their horses. The elongated shape of the head of the equestrian in the upper right specimen might mimic a helmet.
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