Catalog 002.
20th century
Wood, pigments, leather, brocaded silk,
and silver
H: 68 7/8" (175.0 cm)
W: 13' (33.0 cm)
Museum of Mongolian History

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.

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