Garuda Vahana

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1920
  • Dimensions: H: 130 cm, W: 90 cm, D: 100 cm
  • Medium: Painted wood
  • Region: Tamil Nadu
  • Museum number: PMA.00135

Wooden sculpture of Garuda with wings and bird nose. These types of idols were used as Vahanas: for carrying temple deities during ritual processions.

In Hindu mythological traditions, a variety of gods have specific animals that play the roles of their vahanas or mounts; Garuda is the Lord Vishnu’s mount.

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