SADDLE FOR A HIGH LAMA
Even the highest-ranking members of the Buddhist church rode on horseback. This saddle was created specifically for a high lama. Sumptuous brocaded yellow silk covers the seat, side skirts, stirrup pads, and underpad. Yellow was a color worn by the Buddhist clergy and was also a color associated with imperial favor. All the fittings of this saddle are silver, and the straps that hang down on each side are tightly woven, tasseled cords of silk.