A Fine 18th /19th Century Qing dynasty Tibetan Buddhist Alter Bronze Depicting Buddha Making peace Between The Naga & Garuda. Beautifully made and finely detailed Buddhas face serenely looks our from the conch shell tied with a knotted Ribbon & topped by a lotus flower. Large wings extend out to the side. The shell rests on a lotus base. The base has a hollow hidden compartment. Likely for a prayer or votive offering. I have not opened it so have no idea if there is anything still within. A conch and ribbon motif inscribed into the base. Measures approximately 23.5cm high x 25.5cm across wing span. Please view the photos as they are a vital part of the description. In Buddhist mythology, the Garuas are enormous predatory birds with intelligence & social organization. Their name meaning “well-winged or having good wings”. Like the Ngas, they combine the characteristics of animals & divine beings. The exact size of the garua is uncertain, but its wings are said to have a span of many miles. This may be a poetic exaggeration, but it is also said that when a garua’s wings flap, they create hurricane-like winds that darken the sky & blow down houses. A human being is so small compared to a garua that a man can hide in the plumage of one without being noticed. Some of them have the magical power of changing into human form when they wish to have dealings with people. The Garuas are enemies to the Ngas, a race of intelligent serpent- or dragon-like beings, whom they hunt. The Garuas at one time caught the Ngas by seizing them by their heads; but the Ngas learned that by swallowing large stones, they could make themselves too heavy to be carried by the Garuas, wearing them out & killing them from exhaustion. This secret was divulged to one of the Garuas by the ascetic Karambiya, who taught him how to seize a Nga by the tail & force him to vomit up his stone. The Garuas were among the beings appointed by akra to guard Mount Sumeru & the Tryastria heaven from the attacks of the asuras. In the Mahasamyatta Sutta, the Buddha is shown making temporary peace between the Nagas & the garuas. The item “A Qing Dynasty Tibetan Alter Bronze. Buddha Making peace Between Naga & Garuda” is in sale since Monday, February 3, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Tibetan”. The seller is “rachael26031″ and is located in Matlock. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Primary Material: Bronze
- Age: 1800-1849
- Product: Buddha
- Original/Repro: Antique Original
- Region of Origin: Tibetan