William Carpenter, 'Yak or Thibet ox and hillman from Kunawur'

William Carpenter, 'Yak or Thibet ox and hillman from Kunawur'

William Carpenter
'Yak or Thibet ox and hillman from Kunawur'
Simla
1853
Museum no. IS.68-1882

This painting depicts a hillman from Kunawur (modern Kinnaur, a district bordering Tibet) with his yak. The yak is also known as the ox of Tibet because the wild breed originates from the Tibetan plateau. The yak is one of the largest of the wild ox and is part of the bison family. It typically has long shaggy hair on its flanks and underside and a bushy tail. It has curving horns and stands six foot tall at the shoulder. In some parts of Asia half-breeds have been domesticated and offer one of the few means of transport for people living in remote locations.