Garuda Vanquishing the Naga Clan

ca. 2nd–3rd century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bernice Richard Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
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.
[ Julian Sherrier , New York, by 1979–1980, sold to MMA]
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Kushan Sculpture," November 13, 1985–January 5, 1986.

New York. Asia Society. "Kushan Sculpture," February 13, 1986–April 6, 1986.

Seattle Art Museum. "Kushan Sculpture," May 13, 1986–July 13, 1986.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.