Silver crafted wooden horse saddle. dates early 19th century. Ladakh.
Horse saddle was very important in eralier days because it used to show the status of the person using the saddle. There are few saddle made of gold, which would be used only by the royal family. These silver ones were also less common, specially with this kind of work. As you can see the craftsmen ship on this saddle is highly commendable, burning jewel in the centre and two dragons on the sides. its a very auspicious symbol.