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Garuda (Tibetan; Khyung.)
Tibet. 19th Century.

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.

Height 9cm

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