The Garuda is a protector of images and is
often found above the head on certain statues. The Tibetan
Khyung is somewhat different to the India Garuda inasmuch
as it has an origin going back to Tibet's earliest days
when it was a vehicle for deities.
According to Indian myth the Garuda is the mortal enemy
of serpents, one of which may be seen held in the images
arms and beak.
This fine casting, although not fine, has an evident energy
and a sense of untamed wildness.