09/03/2013 11:29 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2013

82nd & Fifth: BLAZING SADDLE by Donald La Rocca

This saddle is emblazoned with two dragons, symbolizing the heavens; a Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, representing the clarity and purity of Tibetan Buddhism; and a monster mask based on a Hindu legend. "This tradition of highly decorative saddles continues uninterrupted in Tibet for at least a thousand years," says curator Donald La Rocca.

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