A great place to store ritual pieces, altar items, or anything else for that matter. Highly decorated, hand painted, solid wood, 19.5 inches wide, 7 inches high, and 8.75 inches wide, made in Nepal. Garuda is found all throughout Asia, and even an airline is named after the mythological bird. Also known as Chepu, Khyung, and Kirtimuka depending upon culture and tradition. Seen as a protection motif and guardian. Lama thrones for example will have a Garuda painted on the seat or a carpet with Garuda on it will serve as a seat cushion. Garuda served as the mount for Vishnu, known as the King of Birds and destroyer of serpents and snakes. In Buddhist circles Garuda is the protector and destroyer of Nagas. Many stories circulate about Garuda, but it's origins appear to be in the Mahabharata, the epic story in Hinduism in which the Bhagavad Gita originates. This piece came out of a collection, seldom used, but shows a little wear. Email for pricing.