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Title

Garuda

19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Garuda 'The Devourer'
    Place where the work was made
    Nepal
    Date
    19th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    copper alloy; gilding
    Dimensions
    15.0 x 17.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of J A and H D Sperling 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    418.2008
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Nepal

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition