Every deity in the Hindu pantheon comes with their own vahana, to which rule Lord Vishnu is no exception. Garuda is His vahana, a most powerful creature that combines human limbs and torso with a pair of gigantic wings and an all-piercing beak. Also called Garutman, His name means 'one who flies on the power of one's wings'. He is a widely revered deity in Nepal, where He is to be found at the door of every Vishnu temple. As could be gleaned from this exquisite Garuda sculpture, His roopa resembles the eagle. Sculpted with a great deal of skill and devotion on the artisan's part, this wood-cut composition is the very picture of divine power - a number of dangerous snakes in His control, horns and skull imagery on His crown, and the musculature of a yogi of the highest order.
The thing about Nepalese sculpture is that it is an inspired tradition. It is not only about aesthetics, but also about iconographical perfection. This is because each aspect of the chosen deity has its own significance, and the Nepalese artisan is known for his attention to detail. This Garuda murti is fashioned from wood, which is an expensive medium to work with. It has traditionally been used as an element of rich architectural constructions in ancient temples of the land. Indeed, this solemnly carved Garuda with its dark gold-undertones finish looks fit to be housed in an internal pillar or door-frame of a magnificent Vishnu temple. Zoom in on the highly expressive countenance, the unusual lotus pedestal, and the perfectly symmetrical work on the wings to take in the beauty of Nepalese workmanship.
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Wood Sculpture29 inch Height x 19.5 inch Width x 10.2 inch Depth
Item Code: ZED12
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