Animal Trapping, Tibet, late 19th c., 1' x 10"

Such animal trappings were used by the lead animal in a caravan, often placed on the forehead of the mule or horse in the front. These are usually very late, but this example has all natural dyes, suggesting it is older than most we see. The condition is ok, it is slightly ragged at the top where there were leather straps attached which have now eroded away, taking with them a bit of the pile to which they were sewn.

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