Earring with Vishnu Riding Garuda

1600s or 1700s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This earring was made to hang on sculptures of deities worshipped in Nepalese temples. Nepalese craftsmen excelled at the detailed encrustation of jewels to depict complex figural imagery. They shaped gold wires into a framework, then inserted polished stones into the spaces, held in place with an adhesive. Four-armed Vishnu is made of sapphires; his mount the man-eagle appears to be made of carnelian and spinel with wings of turquoise.

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  • Title: Earring with Vishnu Riding Garuda
  • Date Created: 1600s or 1700s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 2.6 cm (1 in.)
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1915.342.1
  • Medium: Gold set with precious and semiprecious stones
  • Fun Fact: This was among the first works to enter the museum's collection.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Nepal, Kathmandu Valley
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade
  • Collection: Nepalese Art
  • Accession Number: 1915.342.1

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