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Two Finials with Ibex-Head Tops

Wild animals were especially popular in nomadic art, such as the ibex (mountain goat) heads seen here, or argali (mountain sheep), deer, tigers, and snow leopards. Birds, particularly eagles, vultures and other raptors, are also represented often. Apart from camels, used by the nomads as beasts of burden, domestic animals that were part of their herds are rarely represented.
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