Ibex and Fantastic Goats of Asia

ibex-petroglyph-kochkorka, Kyrgyzstan

ORIGINAL ART: IBEX OF TIBET  –  1,000 – 2,000 B.C.E.

The images on Laura Rose’s hand-thrown pots on this page are drawn from ancient petroglyphs of Asia, especially Tibet, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan. Each one give us a window into the hearts and minds of some of the most ancient ancestors that we can access through any language. Their deep love of these animals, their amazing sensitivity to form and to character and their essential bond to expression through art connects us through time to some of the best of human nature.

The graceful, long-horned ibex is a frequently created image in Asian rock art, etched by stone on stone. As with most ancient rock art, the sense of aliveness and motion is stunningly modern. They read like a stop-motion photograph rather than a portrait.

They were probably part of spiritual practice and ritual, perhaps as gods or mythic heroes, and newest thought connects them with the cycles of the moon and stars, possibly even the beginnings of astrology. The ibex is known to have been seen as a goddess in Iran, as was the scorpion.


  • Raku is not for use with food or water and art is always best kept out of direct sunlight.
  • The piece is designed to be complete as it is, but to use as a vase choose dried flowers or grasses, or insert a glass with water or small planter with an orchid.
  • To purchase or commission a piece, contact the artist Laura Rose.

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