An image of Garuda

Unknown Artist

Garuda

Other titles:
Garuda 'The Devourer'
Location
Not on display
Further information

Garuda, a mythical beast that is half bird and half man, is the sworn enemy of snakes. Like the hapless serpent ensnared in Garuda's powerful beak in this example, no snake escapes his grip. In Nepal, Garuda protects from all danger and is a popular symbol of victory and authority. A small lug on the back suggests that this sculpture originally would have been part of either the throne or mandorla of a deity.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Place of origin
Nepal
Year
19th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
gilt copper alloy
Dimensions
15.0 x 17.0 cm
Credit
Gift of J A and H D Sperling 2008
Accession number
418.2008