Mythical creatures (2)

17th century, Tibet, Kinnara, gilt copper alloy repoussé, photo by Bonhams.

17th century, Tibet, Kinnara, gilt copper alloy repoussé, photo by Bonhams.

kinnara is a celestial musician. In the Himalayan region, he is half man (head, arms and sometimes torso) and half bird.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper repoussé, viyala.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper repoussé, viyala.

Undated, Tibet, copper, Rijkst Museum

Undated, Tibet, copper,  Volkenkunde Rijkst Museum (Netherlands).

A viyala, vyala or vidala may be half lion-half horse or half lion-half griffin (leogryph).

17th century, Tibet, Sharabha, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th century, Tibet, Sharabha, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

In Tibetan buddhism, a Sharabha is a beast generally depicted with the body and legs of a horse, the head of a goat, the horns of a goat, an antelope or a ram, the mane of a lion, and sometimes the claws of an eagle.

There is a boy standing on the first viyala and another riding the sharabha.

 

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