A wooden version of the mythological bird Garuda used as an architectural element in traditional Balinese houses. Garuda’s association with the sun, and the fact that he is the celestial mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, combine to give him a preeminence among avian creatures of Indonesian mythology. As a mythological symbol, and as the national emblem of the Indonesian State, Garuda enjoys enduring popularity in dance and drama.
Wood with applied stone ground colors and gold gilt,
height: 68 cm
National Museum - Jakarta