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Wood Carved Garuda from Thailand

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Wood Carved Garuda from Thailand

The Garuda is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha. This particular Garuda is from Chiang Mai, Thailand and was made from teak wood.

The Garuda is described as the king of birds and a kite-like figure. He is shown either in zoomorphic form (giant bird with partially open wings) or an anthropomorphic form (man with wings and some bird features). Garuda is generally a protector with power to swiftly go anywhere, ever watchful and an enemy of the serpent. He is also known as Tarkshya and Vynateya.

Garuda is a part of state insignia in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. The Indonesian official coat of arms is centered on the Garuda. The national emblem of Indonesia is called Garuda Pancasila.[9]
Thailand uses the Garuda (Thai: ครุฑ, khrut) as its national symbol, as well as their currency. One form of the Garuda used in Thailand as a sign of the royal family is called Khrut Pha, meaning "Garuda, the vehicle (of Vishnu)." Kingdom of Siam has an image of Garuda in their coins at least since Ayutthaya era. The statue and images of Garuda adorn many Buddhist temples in Thailand. It also has become the cultural symbol of Thailand. The figure of Garuda also installed as the figurehead or masthead of Thai royal barges.
Origin | Thailand
Year Made | 20th Century
Material | Teak Wood
Dimensions | 28"W x 7.5"D x 27"H
ID | 18T02199
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