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An image of Garuda by

Nepal

Title
Garuda
Other titles:
Garuda 'The Devourer'
Place of origin
Nepal
Year
19th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
gilt copper alloy
Dimensions

15.0 x 17.0 cm

Credit
Gift of J A and H D Sperling 2008
Accession number
418.2008
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

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012