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2. Demon personifications of the 12 year cycle of the calendar
6 x 7 cm (2 3/8" x 2 3/4")

Demon personifications of the 12 year cycle of the calendar

Tibetan astrology is linked to the Chinese calendar, with five elements and 12 zodiac animals making a 60 year cycle. Each year is classified as masculine or feminine. In both Tibet and Mongolia the creatures personifying the zodiac years may also represent malignant demons.

A Mongolian composite zodiac figure - a demonic personification of the 12 year cycle of the calendar - a dragon riding an ox, text to the reverse.



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