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Figure - Garuda

Garuda

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    pre 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood, lacquered, gilded and painted

  • Museum number:

    IM.24-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Garuda, the half-man and half-eagle drawn from Hindu mythology, is frequently depicted in Tibetan art. In both Hindu and later Tibetan Buddhist mythology he is the representative of the sky and air energies and wages unceasing war on the water spirits whom he often grasps in his mouth. In this guise he may be regarded as a protective deity guarding against illness brought on by the water spirits.

Physical description

Winged figure of Garuda, carved wood with remains of lacquer, gilt and pigment.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)

Date

pre 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood, lacquered, gilded and painted

Dimensions

Width: 44 cm wing span, Width: 25.5 cm base, Height: 42 cm, Depth: 15 cm

Historical context note

Acquired during the British Expedition to Lhasa in 1904.

Descriptive line

Garuda, winged figure, carved wood, lacquer, gilt, painted, Tibet, pre 17th century.

Materials

Wood; Gilt; Pigment; Lacquer

Techniques

Carving; Gilding; Lacquering; Painting

Categories

Woodwork

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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