|SADDLE FOR A HIGH LAMA
Wood, pigments, leather, brocaded silk, and silver
Even the highest-ranking members of the Buddhist church rode on horseback. This saddle was created specifically for a high lama.
|GREEN HORSE'S HEAD FOR MAITREYA'S
Dulamin Damdinsuren (1868-1938), early 20th century
Wood, velvet, metal fittings, paint, and horsehair
During the Maitreya Festival, Maitreya's horse-headed cart (pictured in no. 42) was pushed around the ceremonial circle by monks, who stopped at the cardinal points to chant prayers.
Suren, early 20th century
This fantastic creation showing Begtse and his retinue inside a skeletal shrine is the work of Suren, a famous Mongol sculptor of the early twentieth century.
Zanabazar (1635-1723), late 17th-early 18th century
Gilt bronze with traces of colors
Maitreya is the Buddha of Future, the successor of Shakyamuni.
|SITASAMVARA WITH HIS CONSORT
Zanabazar (1635-1723), late 17th century
Gilt bronze with colors
Sitasamvara is a benevolent form of the popular tutelary divinity, shown here embracing his consort, Vajravarahi.