Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
The lines of this pre-Buddhist petroglyph of a bird recall the shape of a swastika. Chiseled with just a single line to represent each part of the body, the precise identity of the bird is not discernable. The outstretched wings of the figure are characteristic of khyung and other raptor compositions.
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