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A Jewelled Earpiece, Newari, Malla Period, Nepal 14th Century

A Jewelled Earpiece

Malla Period, Nepal

13-14th Century

3.4 cm x 3.3 cm
With Pearls 6 cm High

The earpiece is decorated with delicate carved figures of Vishnu riding on the back of Garuda. Vishnu is carved from turquoise and crowned with emeralds. The conch in his right hand is intricately carved from ivory. Garuda with arms outstretched is carved in hessonite and ruby, the feathers inset with slivers of emerald, ruby and mother-of -pearl. The feet of the bird resting on emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, pearls and glass Garuda is a large bird-like creature, or humanoid bird that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism.


Garuda is the mount (vahana) of the Lord Vishnu, Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. There are different types of incarnations of the Supreme personality of the Godhead. In the sastras it is said that Garuda (the carrier of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Shiva and Ananta are all very powerful incarnations of the Brahman feature of the Lord.