Vishnu, the Preserver, is mounted on his vahana, or vehicle, the mythical bird Garuda.
- Medium: Gilt Bronze
- Place Made: Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Dates: late 12th century
- Period: Khmer Period
- Dimensions: 7 13/16 x 3 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (19.9 x 9.1 x 4.5 cm) Display height (tang hidden): 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 85.220.4
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Garudasana Vishnu, late 12th century. Gilt Bronze, 7 13/16 x 3 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (19.9 x 9.1 x 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster, 85.220.4. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Vishnu, four-armed, stands on the shoulders of the winged Garuda, who is in a stance of walking with one leg forward. Vishnu holds his usual attributes, including the chakra (wheel) in his uplifted right hand, a shanka (conch) in his uplifted left hand, and a gada (mace) in the lower left hand. The lower right hand expresses varada mudra, the gift-bestowing gesture. Garuda's arms are raised and his tail feathers curve upward and are attached to his back with a looped rod. The wing feathers are clearly modeled whereas those on his haunches are incised. The bronze clearly shows traces of gilding which was a common decorative technique in Cambodian bronze images. (lost wax casting, mercury gilding) Condition: Intact. Excellent malachite green patination and traces of gold. The object was brought to the Lab since the previously repaired join failed at the Photographer. Please see Treatment Report, 4/17/03.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)