Antique Indonesian Style Majapahit Bronze Vishnu & Garuda Statue - Protector & Preserver - 28cm/11"
Measurements Height 28cm/11"
An antique Java Style seated bronze Vishnu sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style riding his mount Garuda.
Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. Here Vishnu is seated on his mount Garuda who displays his magnificent plumage around and behind Vishnu. In his hands Vishnu holds a conch shell, mandala, sword and lotus flower.
Vishnu wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita. His face has a downcast gaze. Upon his head he wears a decorative Javanese style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes.
On his forehead he has a third eye or urna. He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings.
The mount of Vishnu is Garuda. Shown here in splendid detail. 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.
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