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pfs4799 TRANS SIBERIAN RAILROAD -Mongolia, ‘Leopard skin ger’
MUSEUM of the BOGD KHAAN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia:
‘Ger for honoured or respected persons’
This ger was given to the 8th Bogd Javzandamba Khutagt on the occasion of his 25th birthday by the nobleman Khuvchin Janon Beis Sanligdorj of the Tsetsen Khan Province (present-day Khentii Province) in 1983.
The Janon Beis’ Khoshuu (equivalent to today’s saum) was famous throughout the Khalkha for being beautiful in the landscape and as the richest. This ger was made by the best craftsmen of the Tsetsen Khan province and includes 5 walls and a total of 150 leopard skins. The leopard skins used for this ger are from leopards not only native to Mongolia but many other countries, which can be evidenced in the stitching of the skins.
This ger, with 5 walls and complete with many intricate engravings and silver ornamentation, was erected and used by the Bogd Khaan for 10 day cycle private meditations during clear days of no rain or snow.
The ger features an endless knot on the door, which symbolizes the bestowment of happiness and longevity in life for the ger’s owner. The ger’s four pillars depict dragons entwining them. The dragon, one of the ‘4 Dignities’ along with the Garuda, Snow Lion and Tiger, is meant to bestow the owner of the ger strength, eminence, bravery, patience, calm and protection. The smoke hole, as well as the door, also feature traditional Mongolian patterns and engravings.
text is from The Museum of the Bogd Khaan, Богд Хааны Ордон Музей
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