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4. Vishnu on Garuda
Nepal
17th-18th c.
gilded copper
4 3/8"
11 cm

Vishnu on Garuda

This charming depiction of Vishnu shows the god seated in lotus position on the elongated tail of his vehicle Garuda, rather as if seated on a comfortable couch. Garuda has his hands in the "namaste" gesture of adoration to his master. This is a very unusual depiction, not attested in any other sculpture that we know of, and shows the inventiveness of the 17th/18th c. sculptor who created this miniature idol.

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