About this object

Figure of Garuda, the legendary half man half bird who carries Vishnu. Covered in red-gold lacquer. The figure is crouching with a rounded stomach (lacquer is damaged here), his hands held up, as if to support a figure or architectural feature, his wings spread behind.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1875 - 1900
  • Materials
    Gold; Wood; Lacquer
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Christies with funds from the V&A Purchase Fund
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    255 mm x 235 mm x 90 mm
  • Note
    Purchased from Christie's (13.11.79 - lot 136).
Object view = Humanities
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