Vishnu, the Preserver, is mounted on his vahana, or vehicle, the mythical bird Garuda.
late 12th century
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)
This item is not on view
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.220.4_SL1.jpg)
overall, 85.220.4_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
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.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.