Earring with Vishnu Riding Garuda

1600s or 1700s
Location: 237 Himalayan
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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.
Earring with Vishnu Riding Garuda

Earring with Vishnu Riding Garuda

1600s or 1700s

Nepal, Kathmandu Valley

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