Early 19th century small Indian bronze votive sculpture of standing Garuda holding his hands in front of him in praying attitude (anjali mudra indicating total devotion). Cast in the state of Karnataka. Garuda, being the mount of Vishnu, is regarded as representing essential qualities of the deity in animal form, and was worshipped as deity itself. He is present in both Hindu and Buddhist tradition, and usually has a body of a human, with a beak of a crow and wings. Very nice casting, pleasant dark patina from the piece being handled, traces of vermillion powder used during worship. Height 2 9/16 inches.