Finial Fragment

Nepal/Tibet

19th century or earlier

Bronze

5.25” High, 7” Wide, 11.25” Mounted Height 

This excellently composed depiction of Garuda has a delicacy while still emanating strength.  The human body is holding a Naga who is the protector of Buddha and cosmic law and order.  Garuda is flanked by two peacocks who also play the role of protector, turning negative into positive and carrying wisdom in the eyes of their feathers.

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