Garuda (Vishnu's Mount) Seated in Royal Ease
second half of the 8th–early 9th century
H. 54 1/4 in. (137.8 cm); W. 41 in. (104.2 cm); D. 24 in. (61 cm)
Gift of Alice and Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1983
Garuda is the great solar bird ridden by the Hindu god Vishnu. In this representation, however, his only birdlike characteristics are wings, the tips of which have been broken off. He sits in the relaxed posture of maharajalilasana (royal ease) and projects a noble and serene presence. He probably attended a statue of Vishnu.
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