Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
The red ochre pictograph of a scaleless lake carp was probably painted before 1300 AD and the demise of most Bonpo communities in the eastern Changthang. This pictograph accurately captures the anatomical features of this long-lived species of the great lakes of Upper Tibet. It is situated amid many auspicious symbols created by Bonpo circa 1000 to 1250.
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