Ceremonial vehicle - Garuda (eagle)

Garuda is a mythical divine bird, the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu. Here it is seen with feathered wings outstretched at the shoulders, kneeling on his left leg while he takes on the countenance of a crowned human being. The kneeling posture of a warrior with arms uplifted like an attentive servant lends an air of subservience and ever-readiness - a hallmark of Garuda and Hanuman. This sculpture has an incredible presence and was used in a Vishnu temple to carry the images of Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Indigenous Name
Garuda vahana
Date/Period
18th-19th centuries
Region
Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: H139 x L85.3 x W90cm
Accession No.
1994-00514
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving