Garuda (Vishnu's Mount) Seated in Royal Ease

India, Tamil Nadu

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 239

Garuda is the great solar bird ridden by the Hindu god Visnhu. 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.

Garuda (Vishnu's Mount) Seated in Royal Ease, Granite, India, Tamil Nadu

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