Garuda Statue - Antique Banteay Srei Style Stone Khmer Garuda Vishnu Statue - 46cm/18"
Measures (Height) 46cm/18"
Antique Banteay Srei style mounted stone Khmer Garuda head.
The Garuda is carved in the style of those seen at the great Banteay Srei temple in Cambodia - a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, ocated in the area of Angkor.
Important in both Hindu and Buddhist religions the Garuda is a large mythical bird with a wing-span of many miles, the bearer of Vishnu. Perhaps with a little 'poetic license' we are told that when the Garuda flaps it's wings hurricane winds arise that darken the sky and blow down houses.
In both Thailand and Indonesia the Garuda is seen as both a National and Cultural symbol. The malachite patina and details of this piece are particularly appealing.
Garuda is mounted on a wood base.
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.