Title: Garuda attacking Naga
Date: 19th century; Khmer (Thai period)
Bronze; on marble stand
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/8 inches (13 cm)
Gift of Alexander B. Griswold
Object Number: 75.071.010
The heroic bird Garuda, vehicle of Vishnu, is frequently shown in combat with serpents (nagas). According to Hindu mythology, the nagas are the stepbrothers of Garuda, but the conflict between these creatures is attributed to their mothers not getting along. In Thailand, as in Indonesia, Garuda is considered a national emblem. His victory over the serpents represents his martial prowess.
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