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This statue was part of the exhibition in the Patan Museum: "The Revival of Newari Woodcarving, 2024".

Length: 31 cm / Width: 18 cm / Depth:  12 cm

This statue of Garuda is a copy of the large statue in front of the famous Changu Narayan Temple of the Kathmandu Valley, considered as one of the finest Garuda's statue in Nepal.

Half bird and half man, Garuda is the vehicle of the god Vishnu and his devotee. He is kneeling, joining his hands in the "Namaskar" position in front of the temple of Changu Narayan (another name of the god Vishnu). In Buddhism, some versions perceive the god Vishnu as an emanation of Buddha himself.

Around his neck are the Nagas (snakes). According to a legend, the mother of Garuda had been enslaved by the Nagas, who agreed to release her in exchange of the elixir of eternal life. Show More