Yoke. Wood, leather, shells, metal. Tajiks, Tajikistan. Late 19th century

Yoke. Wood, leather, shells, metal. Tajiks, Tajikistan. Late 19th century

Settled people of Central Asia worshiped bull as a symbol of fertility and wealth. Different elements of the bull harness, as well as yoke, were decorated with metal plates, leather tassels and shells – the most ancient symbol of fertility.