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Garuda (Vishnu's Mount) Seated in Royal Ease

Period:
Pandya dynasty
Date:
second half of the 8th–early 9th century
Culture:
India
Medium:
Granulite
Dimensions:
H. 54 1/4 in. (137.8 cm); W. 41 in. (104.2 cm); D. 24 in. (61 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice and Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.518
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 239
Garuda is the great solar bird ridden by the Hindu god Vishnu. 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.
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