I’ve been working on some smaller pieces of domestic Mongol animals, just focusing on my subject and not worrying about a background other than colors. I loved the gesture of this Mongol horse foal who is finally gaining the coordination needed to raise one leg to scratch an itch.
The best cashmere in the world comes from the goats of Mongolia. They come in a riot of colors, shapes, sizes and horn style, but the undercoat is pretty much the same on all of them. I was particularly taken with the bold black and white pattern of this fellow.
There are many proverbs in Mongolia concerning good and bad character traits. Many are meant to teach children how they are expected to act. Others are intended as reminders about how to get along in life.
A good character and name is very important and is shown (or not shown) in one’s actions:
Take care of your deel when it is new Take care of your name when it is clean
Person who has bad character loses his name Person who works hard will tell his name
Being humble is considered a very good character trait:
A large sea is calm A knowledgeable person is humble
Many proverbs encourage people to work hard and finish what they start:
If you are bold, work will be finished If you are persistent, happiness will come