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
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012