This mask represents the Garuda which is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The mythological Garuda is the king of birds and arch-enemy of the nagas, a race of intelligent serpent or dragon like beings. In art he is often depicted in battle with a snake or naga. Indonesia uses the Garuda as its national symbol, even he Indonesian national airline is named after this being; Garuda Indonesia.
With the increase of tourists visiting the Indonesian islands over the years and the interest they show in the crafted art of these areas, craftsmen started to reproduce various artifacts to be sold to tourists in markets. Some of these are exact replicas of the originals but others have the added interpretation of the craftsmen. Still they are a picture of the skills of the craftsmen in these areas. This is a craftsman interpretation of the Garuda, in which he highlights the power and beauty of this mythological majestic bird.
Height : 14″ (35.6cm) , Width : 16.5 (41.9cm)