Ridge ornament: Chofa Garuda


  • Depending on the interpretation, this temple finial is called “Garuda” (Sanskrit: Eagle), the mount of the god Vishnu, or “Hong/Hamsa” (Thai: Hong /Sanskrit: Hamsa), representing the mythical bird or swan/goose, the animal vehicle (vâhana) of the god Brahma.
  • Carved wood, vestige of red and gold polychromy (Colors of Brahma).Thailand, late 19th / early 20th century.
  • Dimensions of chofa without base: 140 cm
  • Supplied with white or black steel base, adjustable chofa inclination.
  • Provenance: Estate of collector and art dealer Claude de Marteau.
  • Sold with certificate of origin.
  • An overview of this talented collector’s incredible career can be found here: https://www.thecdmcollection.be/

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