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Garuda Flying through the Air (image 1 of 3), between c1750 and c1775. Creator: Unknown

Garuda Flying through the Air (image 1 of 3), between c1750 and c1775. Creator: Unknown


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Garuda Flying through the Air (image 1 of 3), between c1750 and c1775. Creator: Unknown

Garuda Flying through the Air (image 1 of 3), between c1750 and c1775

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1750s 1760s Feather Feathers Flying Garuda Hindu Hinduism Ink And Opaque Watercolor On Paper Ink On Paper Plumage Regal South East Asia Southeast Asia Southeast Asian Vahana Hindoostan Watercolour On Paper


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This 18th century artwork depicts Garuda, the mythical bird and revered vahana or mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, in mid-flight. The image, believed to have been created between c1750 and c1775, originates from Hindustan, the historic region encompassing modern-day India and Pakistan. The artist, whose identity remains unknown, masterfully captures the regal presence of Garuda through intricate ink and opaque watercolor on paper. Garuda's powerful wings are spread wide, revealing the intricate plumage of his wings, a testament to the artist's skill in rendering the delicate details of each feather. His sharp, beady eyes are focused intently on an unseen target, exuding a sense of determination and focus. The bird's muscular body and outstretched legs add to the sense of motion and dynamism, as Garuda soars through the air. This artwork is a significant representation of the rich cultural heritage of South East Asia, reflecting the deep-rooted influence of Hinduism on the region's art and religious traditions. The black and white composition adds to the timeless quality of the image, making it a striking and enduring work of art. This artwork is currently housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting art from around the world. The Garuda image is a testament to the museum's commitment to showcasing the diverse and fascinating artistic traditions of Asia, and serves as a reminder of the enduring power of art to transport us to other times and places.

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