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Garuda Vanquishing the Naga Clan

Date:
ca. 2nd–3rd century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bernice Richard Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.325
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
There are many jatakas (Buddhist tales) about the former lives of the Buddha. In this one, he was born as the king of Benares and ruled with his beloved queen, Kakati. The royal solar bird Garuda came to the court disguised as a man and gambled with the king. He then became enamored of the queen and abducted her. But when Garuda heard of the king's great sadness and of his true love for Kakati, he restored her to him.
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